Upgrade cements oval as Warrnambool’s home of sport

Published: 30 Jun 2022

Upgrade cements oval as Warrnambool's home of sport video transcript

[Slide: Delivering for Victoria / Warrnambool’s Reid Oval development. Restoring the region’s home of sport]

[Vision: Time lapse photography of the development of the new Reid Oval showing the turf being laid]

[Text: Redeveloped oval, modern pavilion, new floodlighting]

Vicki Jellie - Mayor, City of Warrnambool

The Reid Oval redevelopment and what we’ve got here today is amazing for, not only our local Warrnambool community, but for the whole region.

[Vision: Coaches and children using the oval for practice]

It’s a premier facility for, not only football and cricket, but many other activities that it can be used, it’s great for health and wellbeing of our community.

[Vision: View of the new change room and amenities. Time lapse photography of the construction of the clubhouse facility]

It’s got change rooms, facilities for everyone, it’s got disability accessibility, it’s a focal point for sport in the region now and it’ll be great for tourism, for the economy.

[Text: Made possible with $10.1 million from the Victorian Government]

Ken Radley - President, Warrnambool Football Netball Club

[Vision: Ken Radley coaching young players]

We’re really privileged as a club to be a tenant here, we’re, you know, we’re a very old established club and we work really hard off the field and, you know, we’re looking forward to using all the facilities here and enticing, you know, great crowds and get our families back to the club.

Gary Maclean - President, Nestles Cricket Club

I think we’ve got 12 teams now as part of our club, you know, boys and girls in different divisions so it’ll be fantastic now to be able to get back in the nets, brand new nets, and, you know, really start to work towards, you know, probably getting our club back where we want to be.

[Vision: View from the clubhouse over the new oval showing lighting. Views of the interior of the clubhouse]

Obviously the last couple of years we’ve been playing away so just to be able have, you know, come back to our home roots and things like that it’ll just be really good for the cricket club.

[Text: Victoria State Government / Delivering for Victoria. Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne. Warrnambool City Council]

The Reid Oval redevelopment is amazing, for not only our Warrnambool community but for the whole region. It’s a premier oval for a premier facility, for not only football and cricket but for many other activities.”

- Warrnambool Mayor Cr Vicki Jellie

Football and cricket have now returned to Warrnambool’s showcase sporting facility following the completion of works at Reid Oval.

Upgrades include the redevelopment of the oval and construction of a modern pavilion that caters for men’s and women’s sports and includes office spaces and community meeting rooms. New goal posts, floodlighting, and cricket training facilities have been added and player and umpire facilities have been upgraded.

Previously the oval’s outdated facilities struggled to cope with local and regional demand, especially with growing numbers of female footballers and cricketers.

At the official opening in April, Warrnambool Mayor Cr Vicki Jellie said the new facility provides a focal point for the region.

“The Reid Oval redevelopment is amazing, for not only our Warrnambool community but for the whole region. It’s a premier oval for a premier facility, for not only football and cricket but for many other activities,” Cr Jellie said.

For Nestles Cricket Club president Gary MacLean, the completion of the oval provides a homecoming for the club’s 12 teams.

“For the last couple of years, we’ve been playing away so it’ll be fantastic to get back into the brand new nets and work towards getting our club back where we want to be.

“Obviously the next step will be to turn the lights on. We’re hoping for some T20 games or one day games that start at 3 o’clock. It’s quite exciting for our club,” Gary said.

Reid Oval is home to:

The project was made possible with $10.1 million from the Victorian Government, including $3 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme.

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