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Working together on Reid Oval

News Article Date: 
Monday, 6 June 2016

Reid Oval stakeholders are working with Council to develop a framework for future development of the sports ground.

A forum held on May 25 highlighted the interest from the user groups in seeing Reid Oval developed as the region’s premier outdoor sports ground, which aligns with Council’s vision for Reid Oval.

Present at the forum were representatives from Warrnambool Football Netball Club, East Warrnambool Football Netball Club, the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association, Nestles Cricket Club, the AFL Western District Commission, Hampden Football Netball League, AFL Victoria, the Warrnambool and District Football Umpires Association and the Western Waves Cricket Region, Cricket Victoria, Netball Victoria and Council staff from the Recreation, Infrastructure and Parks and Gardens departments.

There was general agreement that the surface of the oval was a high priority with future efforts to consider lighting, change rooms and improvements to general amenity.

"The AFL Western District Commission is excited by the progress made last week regarding the redevelopment of Reid Oval,” AFL Western District Region General Manager Lachy Patterson said.

"We regard Reid Oval as the preferred premier football venue throughout the region and fully support a collaborative approach towards undertaking the improvements required to see it fulfil this potential.

"The informed agreement from user groups placed priority on playing surface improvement and this is consistent with recent testing undertaken by AFL consultants; we are very pleased with this outcome.

"A high quality playing surface will provide a safer and more sustainable venue for community football but also open opportunities for Reid Oval to be considered for higher level football and a range of state level representative fixtures.

"We look forward to working with all stakeholders through the stages of a redevelopment that is of the highest priority for football and community sport in our region."

The 40 attendees heard from football and cricket turf experts who provided technical information on the current state of Reid Oval and the work required to improve the playing surface.

A framework, to be developed from the feedback gathered at the forum and ongoing consultation, will be considered at a future Council meeting then put before the public for comment.

Once the framework is finalised, Council will establish a stakeholder working group to further develop priority projects.

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