Published: 17 Oct 2021
The next generation of Warrnambool’s football and cricket stars will sharpen their skills on a fully redeveloped AFL and cricket surface at the regional city’s Reid Oval.
The Reid Oval Redevelopment project will include modern player facilities and change rooms that will cater for all users.
To ensure games can go ahead night or day, there will be upgraded flood-lighting (200 lux), improved spectator viewing area and amenities, upgraded cricket training facilities, umpire amenities, and dedicated offices for use by local sporting associations.
Clubs set to benefit from the redevelopment works include Warrnambool Football Netball Club and Nestles Cricket Club.
Dedicated office spaces will be provided to cater for a host of sporting associations which will be a permanent fixture of the sporting precinct at Reid Oval.
Local sporting associations bodies who will be able to utilise these spaces include: the Warrnambool District Football Umpires Association, Warrnambool District Cricket Association, Hampden Football Netball League and the Warrnambool District Football Netball League.
The upgraded female friendly change rooms are a significant addition to the oval as this allows the local clubs to cater for the growing number of female participants in Warrnambool and surrounding areas.
The $10.2 million investment shapes up to be a big win for football and cricket fans in the South Coast area as the oval will now have the appropriate regulation approved facilities to host pre-season AFL, AFLW, Big Bash League and Women's Big Bash League matches.
Hosting high-level national competition events will provide a major boost to the local economy and solidify Warrnambool’s place as a proud regional sporting hub in Victoria.
In total, the redevelopment project is expected to generate over $10 million per annum and has helped to create more than 70 jobs in the Warrnambool area for the upgrade processes.
The completion of the redevelopment ensures that Reid Oval will be recognised as the premier regional level facility providing sport and recreation opportunities for Warrnambool and the surrounding Great South Coast community.
The project was made possible by an allocation of $10 million from the Victorian Government, including $3 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme.