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Worrell Reserve redevelopment, Emerald

Major projects

Address
Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald
Project description
Worrell Reserve’s football/cricket oval has been recently upgraded. A new football and cricket pavilion is now being built, which includes a ground level not-for-profit gymnasium for the community to use.

The new pavilion will also have modern change room facilities, universally accessible amenities, a meeting room, storage areas, a time keeper’s room and a multi-purpose room with kitchen and servery. Spectators will also benefit from a new covered viewing area.

Works on stage 1 of the oval are finished. These included resurfacing, drainage and irrigation and new cricket practice nets.

Stage 2 works on the oval will start soon, and will include new lighting and high-ball safety net and coaches boxes.

A master plan for the reserve is being developed to provide future direction for the reserve’s facilities.
Funding
Council fully funded stage 1 of the oval’s redevelopment ($1.1 million).

Stage 2 of the oval redevelopment was funded by Council ($134,000) and the Victorian Government’s Country Football Netball Program ($100,000).

Council is fully funding the pavilion redevelopment ($2.63 million).
Progress update
The pavilion is due to be completed in April 2020.
Benefits for the community
Clubs and community members set to benefit from improvements to the reserve include local schools, Emerald Junior Football Club, Emerald Cricket Club, Emerald Community Gym and the wider community.
Community consultation
Council has worked closely with the Worrell Reserve committee of management during the planning of the reserve’s redevelopment. We have also consulted user groups to ensure the redevelopment meet the needs of local sporting clubs.

Community consultation on the draft master plan for the reserve took place in April/May 2019, and is being taken into consideration for the final master plan’s development.
Map
Photos, plans, maps and drawings

Updated
March 2020