Purcell says upgrade a step closer
A state-of-the-art football facility at Reid Oval is one step closer with the release of a Warrnambool City Council report, says Western Victoria MP James Purcell.
Mr Purcell has reviewed the plans and business case for the Reid Oval and said he was confident of securing funding to build the project.
"I have something concrete to show the government now, something that shows the Minister the value of this project and that our sporting community can be excited about," said Mr Purcell.
"We have discussed a funding structure with Council that will cover the full cost of the facility, but this is dependent on $7m from the state government."
Mr Purcell has raised the need for AFL standard grounds at Reid Oval many times over his three years representing the area in the Legislative Council.
"Despite the Hampden League producing many AFL greats, including Marty Gleeson, Lewis Taylor, Jonathan Brown, Jordan Lewis and the late Paul Couch, it's been disappointing not be able to provide AFL standard facilities in the south west," said Mr Purcell.
The redevelopment, which will include a new playing surface, improved amenities for players, more seats, cricket training facilities, lighting upgrades and a new sporting association hub.
"I have met with several stakeholders, community groups and a great many locals who all support the upgrade," he said.Mr Purcell will speak with Ministers next week and said he expected it would take 6-8 weeks to get funding approval.
"The ball is in my hands now and I will be actively working on a successful outcome over the next few weeks."