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Merrivale Recreation Reserve funding announcement.

Irrigation, power and lighting upgrades for Merrivale Recreation Reserve

News Article Date: 
Friday, 12 October 2018

Merrivale Recreation Reserve will receive a power upgrade, improved lighting and irrigation as a result of partnership involving the Victorian Government, Council, a local trust and reserve stakeholders.

On Thursday member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney announced the Victorian Government would provide $250,000 from its Community Sports and Infrastructure Fund towards the $605,000 project.

The remaining funding will come from Council ($190,000), Merrivale Football Netball Club ($135,000) and the Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation ($30,000).

Warrnambool Mayor Cr Robert Anderson thanked the Ms Tierney for the contribution from the Victorian Government.

“The State funding was a vital piece of the funding puzzle needed to get this project off the ground,” Cr Anderson said.

“It’s an excellent outcome and we’ve seen a great commitment too from the Merrivale Football Netball Club to help ensure the facilities they use meet expectations of players and supporters.”

This latest project builds on recent improvements at the reserve that include the addition of netball court surface and compliant run-offs, construction of a new netball pavilion and construction of a netball shelter.

The new project will see the installation of automated sub surface irrigation, a power upgrade to provide the additional electricity required to operate the irrigation system and the installation of sports ground lighting which will meet Australian Standards for training at a local level facility.

The lighting component of the project will see the installation of four, 28m masts and 12 new LED floodlights to achieve an average lighting strength of 50 lux. There will be future provision for additional floodlights to be installed to 100 lux while existing light towers will be removed.

Council’s Sports Ground Management Review identified the provision of automated irrigation systems as a priority project for regional and high use municipal sports grounds currently maintained with manual watering arrangements.


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