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Works underway at James Bathe Recreation Reserve

Published: 16 July 2018

Stage 1 works for the major development at James Bathe Recreation Reserve, located off Caversham Drive in Pakenham, are now underway.

Jointly funded by Cardinia Shire Council and the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, Stage 1 of the development will provide the growing community with a wide range of passive and active recreation activities.

The two sports ovals have already taken shape and works are progressing on:

  • Two netball courts
  • A multi-use ball court for netball and basketball
  • Multi-use nets for cricket, Futsal and baseball
  • Areas for skateboards and scooters.

Work is also progressing on the open space areas, a nature-based playground, barbecues, shelters and car parking.

Additionally, stage 2, set to begin later this year, will involve the construction of a combined community and sports building. The building will include change rooms, first aid facilities, storage space, social space, and spectator toilets. It will also provide a large community event and meeting space that can be divided into three separate spaces, with access to a community kitchen.

Stage 2 is also jointly funded by Cardinia Shire Council and the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Council has been collaborating with AFL Victoria South East Region and West Gippsland Cricket Association to ensure the new facility can accommodate the sporting participation needs of both current and future residents.

James Bathe Recreation Reserve will also be home to Cardinia Shire’s newest football and netball club, the Cardinia Tigers. The club is supported by the Richmond Football Club, and AFL Victoria South East Region has established the AusKick program, which is currently based at Pakenham Lakeside Oval until the reserve development is complete.

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