Victorian Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, today joined Mitchell Shire Council Mayor, Fiona Stevens and local sport and community representatives to officially open the upgraded Greenhill Reserve.
The project was backed by around $106,000 from the Government’s Country Football and Netball Program, more than $150,000 from Mitchell Shire Council and $20,000 from Cricket Victoria.
Council says Greenhill Reserve is a popular community sports hub which is used by more than 700 participants from the Wallan Magpies Football Netball Club, the Wallan Kookaburras District Cricket Club, and Wallan Secondary College’s sporting programs.
The Government funding enabled the reshaping of the main oval to remove low spots and installation of drainage in key sections of the sports fields to eliminate water ponding caused by heavy rainfall.
The resident clubs, Wallan Secondary College and the wider community will be able to access the two full-sized ovals year-round, now boasting a smoother and weatherproof surface, said Mayor, Fiona Stevens.
“We are grateful to Minister Spence and the Victorian Government for their continued support as we work to enhance services and facilities for our residents.”
“These projects will help to cater for the rapidly expanding population in the south of our Shire,” the Mayor said.
“Greenhill Reserve is a valued home for so many talented clubs and athletes – I’m very pleased to see even more people in Wallan can now access appropriate facilities year-round,” said Minister Spence.
“These upgrades mean the Magpies and Kookaburras can expand their programs and welcome more people, particularly our young people, onto the grounds and into community sport.”
Applications for the latest round of the Country Football and Netball Program close on 9 October.