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Ballarat upgrades continue

The upgrade of Ballarat’s sporting facilities is progressing strongly with the near completion of new change rooms at the Western Oval.

The $730,000 upgrade of the Pleasant Street South facility, funded by the City of Ballarat and the Victorian Government, will create female-friendly changerooms and amenities, umpire changerooms and amenities, public toilets for the reserve and extra storage.

These sports facility upgrades aim to ensure female-friendly facilities are available at all sporting facilities across Ballarat.

“The Western Oval is used by many sporting groups including AFL, cricket and ultimate frisbee,” the Mayor, Cr Ben Taylor, said.

“Everyone will still have access to the oval, but the key beneficiaries will be the long-term tenants, Redan Junior Football and Netball Club and the Brown Hill Cricket Club.”

Juliana Addison, Victorian Member for Wendouree, said for too long women and girls had to put up with sub-standard facilities at the Western Oval.

“I am so pleased that we are delivering the first-rate facilities that our local sports teams and players deserve,” Ms Addison said.

“These new facilities will mean that Redan Football Club can attract and retain members and encourage even more girls and women to play footy.”

Work also has commenced on a new all ages and abilities play space at Sebastopol’s M.R. Power Park, on the corner of Grant and Crown Streets.

“This new play space will be a fantastic addition to recreational facilities in Sebastopol for children and parents alike,” Deputy Mayor, Cr Belinda Coates, said.

“The space will include some exciting features, including a wheelchair accessible whirly go round; an accessible flying fox with a high-backed seat; a birdnest swing; and a high backed seat on a swing.”

This project will be funded by the City of Ballarat and Victorian Government.