Ready, set for sports ground opening

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CIVIC Reserve, Mornington’s new synthetic 400-metre athletics track and four-pitch soccer centre will be opened on Saturday 30 November.

The ceremony will be 11-11.30am but those interested are welcome to stay to watch athletes using the sports grounds at 350 Dunns Road, Mornington.

A community open day with a free sausage sizzle hosted by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will celebrate the event and show off new facilities.

The reserve’s newest member clubs: Mt Martha Soccer Club, Mornington Little Athletics Centre and Mornington Peninsula Athletics Club will make their debuts.

“Let’s all get together as a community and celebrate the fantastic new sporting facilities at Mornington’s Civic Reserve,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said.

“The Mt Martha Soccer Club has grown significantly over the past few years and now has over 400 players. The four soccer pitches provide a more suitable home facility for the club.”

The facilities will help athletes compete at higher levels of competition as well as providing permanent homes for the user groups, Cr Bev Colomb said.

The $7 million project was supported through a $3 million federal government community development grant, with the council contributing $4 million.

The works also include irrigation, lighting for the soccer pitches, 243 car parking spaces, paths, stormwater basin, landscaping, electrical upgrades and a roundabout for easier access.

First published in the Mornington News – 19 November 2019

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