Multi-million upgrade at reserve

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On site: Cr David Gill, Crib Point Cricket Club president Ricky Thompson, the shire’s Davey Smith, Cr Kate Roper, project manager Mitchell Heggen and Crib Point Football/Netball Club president Steve Espenschied at Crib Point Recreation Reserve. Picture: Supplied

RENOVATIONS underway at Crib Point Recreation Reserve include improving the change rooms and reconstructing the oval.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is spending about $3 million on the mixed gender and accessible change rooms and a new playing surface, drainage and irrigation.

The mayor Cr David Gill said the project was a timely response to the rapid increase in sports participation in recent years, particularly female and juniors in field-based sports.

“Through these projects we’re making improvements to our sporting facilities where it’s needed most,” he said.

“We’re working to close the gap in local sporting facilities and provide inclusive, accessible and functional community assets.”

Crib Point oval will receive a new playing surface, drainage and irrigation works.

Cr Kate Roper said the ground’s surface had deteriorated significantly in recent years compromising the use of the facility.

“Upgrading Crib Point Rec Reserve will increase the capacity of the oval giving the women’s team a home base for training and competition,” she said.

“The new oval will also open the reserve to additional programming opportunities and make it easier for everyone to get involved in local sport.”

Works will start this month and be completed by April.

Later this year, the pavilion change rooms will be upgraded to prove better and more accessible facilities for the cricket and football clubs. The works will include storage, medical room and umpires change rooms.

This project is being funded by the shire’s capital works program. The oval reconstruction will cost $960,000 and the change rooms $2 million.

To learn more about the project, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/majorprojects

First published in the Western Port Times – 18 September 2019

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