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Cricket Victoria stumps up for Reid Oval Redevelopment

News Article Date: 
Monday, 12 August 2019

Cricket Victoria has announced a $200,000 investment into the Reid Oval Redevelopment in partnership with Warrnambool City Council. 

The investment is part of the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, which provides almost $4.7 million annually (until 2020-21) to fund improved community cricket infrastructure, in partnership with all levels of government, schools and other partners. The Fund’s investment is significant and is the second largest financial contribution to community infrastructure after the Junction Oval. 

The impetus to increase funding for community facilities came from the first ever National Cricket Facility Audit which assessed more than 5,500 sites and 7,100 ovals across the country

Cricket Victoria’s Cricket Manager – Western Country Tony Caccaviello said the project had been well supported locally.

“This has been a long-term project driven by Council, who have drawn support from Victorian State Government and local sporting stakeholders and is a fantastic result for local cricket and the greater Warrnambool community. This wonderful facility will help inspire current and future generations to be active and enjoy the game,” Caccaviello said. 

“In addition, $90,000 in equipment grants were directly provided to 38 clubs in the Western Country cricket region through the Grassroots Cricket Fund. This fund was delivered in partnership between the players, the Australian Cricketers’ Association and Cricket Australia.”

Warrnambool District Cricket Association Chairperson Gordon McLeod shared Mr Caccaviellos sentiments.  

“Fantastic result for the Warrnambool & District Cricket Association as well as the greater cricketing community in the region. It will be excellent to have a high quality facility that will be a showcase venue for cricket in Warrnambool – it will see participation from all levels of cricket including junior boys and girls, representative cricket and finals play,” he said. 

“A showcase ground to be utilised by all. Thank you to Warrnambool City Council and Cricket Victoria for their drive and support in this fantastic result."

Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert welcomed the investment by Cricket Victoria.

“The Reid Oval Redevelopment is such a positive project for the city of Warrnambool, and for the entire region,” he said.

“Clubs that have long and storied rivalries on the field are all united in the push for the premier sporting facility our region needs.

“As well as improving the oval’s surface and lighting, a major part of the upgrade is the construction of modern player and umpire facilities that cater equally for men and women. 

“Female participation in cricket has exploded over the past few years, and it is vital that we create the facilities and environment to encourage even more women and girls to pick up a willow.”

Construction is scheduled to commence in September 2020, with the facility to re-open in approximately May 2022.

 

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