July 13, 2017


The growing ranks of Brown Hill Cricket Club and the Redan ‘Lions’ Football Netball Club can look forward to a top wicket and improved playing surface thanks to the new drainage and irrigation at Ballarat’s popular Western Oval.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today joined representatives from both clubs and the City of Ballarat to officially launch the new weather-proof redevelopments at the oval, with the Andrews Labor Government delivering $50,000 toward the project.

“The new upgrades effectively weather-proof Western Oval. That means people can play the game they love here – rain, hail or shine,” Mr Howard said.

“With growing numbers of juniors, women and girls signing up to play grassroots sport, it’s important that people have access to world-class facilities that will encourage them to get involved and stay active.

“Thanks to the improved playing surface, the Ballarat Cricket Association can host even more regional and state level cricket competitions here.

“I’d also like to acknowledge project partners Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria for their partnership with the Government’s Community Cricket Program and City of Ballarat for its $110,000 contribution to the project.”

The Victorian Government’s contribution has been delivered through the $110 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, which recognises that grassroots sports clubs are the lifeblood of our towns that deserve modern, safe and inclusive facilities.