A step closer for Geelong sporting facility redevelopments

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Two major Geelong sporting facility redevelopments have moved closer to reality after their master plans were endorsed by the council.

The $10 million West Oval upgrade and $4.58 million Herne Hill reserve makeover have been given the tick of approval, after both projects attracted state election funding commitments.

West Oval — which hosts Geelong West football, netball and cricket clubs, and the Geelong Cycling Club — would become a regional-level facility capable of hosting AFLW and VFL games.

Its major redevelopment includes:

A new, two-storey multi-use club and community building;
New entrance from Weddell Rd including a pedestrian plaza;
Improved seating for spectators; and
Higher standard coaches’ boxes and interchange areas.

Deputy mayor Peter Murrihy said Labor’s recent $7.4 million election promise for the project gave it great impetus.

“(West Oval is) probably the ground with the most history in Geelong outside of Kardinia Park,” he said.

“Although the $10 million estimated cost made it seem like a pipe dream, an election commitment from Labor means we now have a real chance to see it come to fruition.”

The City of Greater Geelong has already allocated $500,000 towards the upgrade of the Herne Hill Reserve, which hosts St Joseph’s Football Netball Club and St Peter’s Cricket Club. An estimated $4.08 million is required for the remaining works, which will include new social rooms and change rooms, including netball match day facilities.

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