Morwell Recreation Reserve

Morwell Recreation Reserve will be the centre of excellence for Australian Rules Football in Gippsland.

Upgrades will include construction of a multi-use synthetic oval and upgrades to the existing facilities, change rooms and club rooms, increasing capacity for football locally and at the elite level, with the ability to host AFL and AFLW matches. 

New netball courts and a pavilion to be shared with cricket will be built in line with the high level masterplan previously prepared by Council.

Keegan Street Reserve will also be upgraded and the oval re-shaped to alleviate drainage issues and provide quality facilities for the community.

What’s happening now?

A $1.1 million redevelopment of the outdoor netball courts and car park at the reserve has been completed by Morwell based contractor HCM Constructions.

The first games were played on the new surface on April 28, with lighting now installed to accommodate training and night play.

Traralgon company Langden Construction is set to begin work on a $1.6 million shared netball and cricket pavilion at the site in June.

Architects and specialist engineers have been engaged to undertake the initial design work for the redevelopment of the football clubrooms, AFL Gippsland offices and implementation of a synthetic oval, with detailed design work underway.

Consultation with Morwell Football Netball Club, Morwell Cricket Club, Morwell Croquet Club, AFL Victoria, Netball Victoria and Gippsland Power is progressing to determine their needs and attain feedback on the scope of the project.

Concept designs for the multi-use synthetic field planned for the old caravan park have been supplied by the architect.

Detailed design has now been commissioned with LD Eng to attain a robust cost plan prior to going to market.

The Keegan Street oval will be redeveloped as part of the $9 million project, co-funded by the state and federal governments.

Planning for the re-shaping and layout of the oval has been completed, with considerations including the positioning of new pavilion in relation to the wicket block, the construction of a turf and synthetic wicket block and the relocation of training wickets.

A Project Reference Group has been appointed to help guide the overall project and has held a number of meetings to date.

Updated June 15, 2018

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Project timeline

Planning and construction: 2017/2018

Stage one netball courts completion: Early-2018

Stage two completion: 2019

Funding: $9 million, funded jointly by the Federal Government ($5 million) and State Government ($4 million)

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