I was delighted to tour the $6m Shell Road Reserve sporting pavilion with Greater Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons and representatives of Ocean Grove’s sporting clubs.
The construction team is currently completing the interior fitout of the building, with handover expected early next year. This will mean that this fantastic facility will be ready well in time for the 2016 winter sporting seasons.
I am so proud to see this election commitment being delivered with our Federal contribution of $3.5m. The City of Greater Geelong is providing $2.5m.
There is a real sense of excitement in the community, particularly amongst members of the Ocean Grove Football and Netball Club and the Surfside Waves Soccer Club.
This project will result in a facility of which all of the Ocean Grove community can be proud.
With the large function and dining areas upstairs, this presents many community groups with the opportunity to use this facility; along with community members.
I am also pleased that Mayor Lyons is supporting calls for a perimeter fence around at least some part of the reserve. The corner of Shell Rd and Grubb Rd is a very busy intersection. Given the proximity of this intersection to the northern soccer pitch, it is potentially very dangerous to leave this part of the reserve unfenced.
I welcome the Council’s review of this important issue in the interests of the sporting clubs and the hundreds of families who use this facility every weekend during the playing season.
9 November 2015