Sport and recreation is important to Hepburn Shire residents and visitors. Council and the community play an important role in the provision of sport and recreation opportunities. We have been working with community groups to determine priorities for improvements to sports and recreational facilities around the Shire.
New Netball Court for Hepburn
As a result of increasing netball participation rates to over 70 players, Hepburn Football Netball Club needed a new court at the Laurie Sullivan Reserve to provide enough space for all the teams to train.
In partnership with the Hepburn Football Netball Club, Council was successful in securing Sport and Recreation Victoria funding to construct a second netball court at the Reserve. The Club is contributing significant in-kind works, including preparation of the court base. Contractors have been appointed and it is expected that the court will be constructed and ready in time for the beginning of the 2015 netball season.
Newlyn Netball Facility
The Newlyn Sportsground currently has poor netball change rooms and public toilet facilities. Council and the Newlyn Football Netball Club have been successful in attracting funding to build new netball change rooms, shelter and accessible public toilets to replace the existing toilets.
Public Tennis Courts at Mt Prospect District Tennis Association
Mount Prospect District Tennis Association in Creswick manages a tennis complex made up of 29 tennis courts, 16 grass and 13 hard courts. Four of these courts were in poor condition and not considered suitable by Tennis Victoria for tournament competition.
With a financial contribution of $36,000 and support from Council, Mt Prospect Tennis Association was able to attract $90,000 from the Victorian Government and $24,000 from Tennis Australia to have the surface of these courts upgraded to be suitable for competition.
The new courts were used for the very successful 2015 Tennis Victorian Inter Regional Tennis Tournament.
Victoria Park, Daylesford Community Facility
The current change rooms and community facility at Victoria Park in Daylesford is rundown and no longer serves its purpose to provide a high quality community, sporting and recreation facility.
In order to address this need, Council in partnership with the Victoria Park user groups worked with architects Morton Dunn to design a new facility that better meets the current and future needs of the community and sporting groups. Council’s application for $1.15 million in State Government was successful.
The balance of funds for the $1.9 million project is made up of a Council contribution of $500,000 and community contribution of $250,000. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Community fundraising efforts are well underway. Your assistance will help make this project a success. If you have a fundraising idea or you would like to make a donation, please contact Adam McSwain on 5321 6113 or Lindal Jenkin on 0409 553 399.