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Hallora Recreation Reserve get $750,000 upgrades to boost infrastructure to accommodate for growing sports participation in Baw Baw Shire

Baw Baw Council boosts sports infrastructure in Hallora Recreation Reserve, investing over $750,000 in upgrades for growing sport participation, following 2019 Recreation Master Plan.

By news@gippsland - 7th August 2023 - Back to News

With sport participation on the rise across Baw Baw, council has been working alongside clubs, user groups and recreation committees across the Shire to address their infrastructure needs and future proof their facilities to support growing numbers. The Hallora Cricket Club and Hallora Junior Football Club are the latest to celebrate several facility and sporting upgrades to their home at the Hallora Recreation reserve, totalling over $750,000.

Hallora Junior Football Club players with new lights shining bright for the Junior Football Club's training session on Wednesday 2 August

Hallora Junior Football Club players with new lights shining bright for the Junior Football Club's training session on Wednesday 2 August

Reserve infrastructure upgrades

In line with council's 2019 Recreation Master Plan, several infrastructure projects have been completed at the reserve over recent years and include:
The extension of the existing player amenities and umpire's rooms. The facility now meets female friendly guidelines and includes addition to the coaches' boxes and veranda. The $440,000 project which began in 2019, was supported with a $292,500 contribution from the Latrobe Valley Authority together, $25,000 from AFL Gippsland and the balance from council's capital works budget

Four new light towers with LED lights fitting ensure that both players and spectators have a quality and well-lit sporting oval to use all year round. At a total cost of $270,000, this project was supported with a $150,000 Sport and Recreation Victoria grant with the balance contributed through council's capital works Budget

A new LED full colour digital scoreboard including AFL and cricket scoring, with advertising abilities and wireless control. The $40,800 scoreboard project was made possible with a combined financial contribution from Sport and Recreation Victoria and the Hallora Recreation Reserve user groups
In addition, the reserve has also seen the recent installation of a new fenced playground, recreational play space, new AFL goals and goal netting, upgraded public toilets and storage amenities and an extension to the cricket practice nets, marking the completion of construction and upgrade works at the site.

Club upgrade success

Hallora Junior Football Club president Chris Wilson says that since the upgrades the club is more family friendly and more female friendly. "It feels like a better place to come. People look forward to coming here because they know the facilities are really good."

"We've been really lucky over the last four or five years. We've had a lot of money spent here from different fundings. It's taken it from something that was almost a little bit rundown to something that's really modern and right up there with the facilities around Gippsland," says Mr Wilson.

Community reserve redevelopment

Speaking at the official opening event, Baw Baw Shire Mayor Annemarie McCabe recognised the pivotal role that members from Committee of Management, user groups, and a dedicated project reference group have played in advocating for the redevelopment works at the site.

"Following a tour of the upgraded facilities this afternoon, it is clear to see how much of an impact these projects have made to this much-loved community reserve. All your efforts have been worth it. The Hallora Recreation Reserve is looking fantastic. I would like to thank the various clubs and users for their ongoing collaboration with council to see these projects come to life," says Mayor McCabe.

Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council website.


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