Works include redevelopment of the oval, new goal posts, 200 lux lighting, player and umpire amenity upgrades, improved spectator amenities including social areas, cricket training facilities, and the establishment of state and regional sporting association offices.
Once complete, the transformed venue will provide a perfect base to host local and regional competitions, training and development programs.
The works will also take the venue to pre-season AFL, AFLW, BBL and WBBL day-game standard, which is appropriate for a regional centre boasting a population of more than 35,000 and a proud sporting heritage.
The Reid Oval project will generate 73 jobs over two years and create an estimated $10.4 million in annual economic value to the Warrnambool community.
Reid Oval is home to the Warrnambool Football Netball Club, East Warrnambool Football Netball Club, Nestles Cricket Club, Warrnambool and District Football Umpires Association, Warrnambool District Cricket Association, Hampden Football Netball League and the Warrnambool and District Football Netball League.
The oval’s outdated facilities have been struggling to cope with local and regional demand, especially with growing numbers signing up to play female football and cricket.
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.
Project partners include Warrnambool City Council and Cricket Victoria.