November 20, 2020

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan today announced further funding of $1.2 million under the Morrison Government for the Southern Grampians Shire Council Melville Oval precinct.

The additional $1.2 million contribution will mean that the project can commence without delay and the grandstand and male change rooms will be completed without the costly need for temporary arrangements.

Mr Tehan said, “this is wonderful news for the local community who will benefit from the upgrades to the Melville Oval precinct. This investment into Hamilton’s premier facility for AFL Rules Football, Netball and Cricket, RSL Cenotaph, playground facilities, public amenities and function spaces will revitalise the space. The redevelopment will also attract more community use with the improved facilities.”

Michael Tudball, CEO Southern Grampians Shire said “This funding will greatly assist us in bringing this vision for the Melville Oval Precinct to life and creating improved facilities for sport and recreation in the Hamilton CBD”.

The $8m Melville Oval Project is part of our $40 million, five-stage CBD revitalisation plan. This project will see the relocation of the netball courts, new change facilities for players and umpires as well as social function space to the northern end of the facility. It will also provide the ability to address accessible spectator shelter, seating and pathways and allow for the creation of a centralised all abilities playground for use during recreation and wider general community use.

This work forms part of Stage two of the CBD Revitalisation plan, which the community contributed to through our consultation process earlier this year, and includes the upgrade of the entire Lonsdale/Gray St and Melville Oval precinct ($27 million).

“Today’s announcement is another crucial step the Morrison Government is taking in mapping out Wannon’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and builds on our investment in infrastructure that supports regional and rural Australia”, said Mr Tehan.

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