The redevelopment of Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve will receive a much-needed funding boost with the Morrison Government providing $750,000 towards the project.

Liberal Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson, joined by Liberal Candidate for Corangamite Stephanie Asher, visited the reserve to make the announcement.   

“With so many community and sporting groups using Memorial Reserve, this project will provide vital investment for the Ocean Grove community,” Senator Henderson said.

“A key focus of the Morrison Government is to build stronger communities in the regions. Investing in sporting and community infrastructure supports healthy, active and connected communities.

“Stephanie has been fighting hard for this project for the community and her dedication to delivering this project is one of many reasons why she is such a strong representative for the people of Corangamite.

“This funding is in addition to the Morrison Government’s $500,000 commitment in the 2019 election, which is being used to fund a minor lighting upgrade at Memorial Reserve as well as major upgrades at Shell Rd Reserve – new oval netting, netball court seating (in progress) and upgraded lights for the main oval and netball courts which have recently been completed and “switched on”.

Memorial Reserve is used as an ‘overflow’ oval by junior football teams from both the Ocean Grove Cobras and the Ocean Grove Grubbers, as well as the Ocean Grove Cricket Club in summer.  It is also home to the Bellarine Table Tennis Club, the Ocean Grove Badminton Club, and other community recreation groups which use the reserve including for pickle ball, soft tennis and fitness classes.

“This $750,000 would go towards the pavilion and any further lighting upgrade if required,” Senator Henderson said. 

Liberal Candidate for Corangamite Stephanie Asher said she is proud of the many ways in which the Morrison Government is supporting the Ocean Grove community.  The Shell Rd sports pavilion was constructed with $3.5 million from the Morrison Government and planning is underway to upgrade Collendina Reserve, the home of the Ocean Grove Cobras, following a 2019 election commitment of $580,000.

“I’ve been a strong advocate for sport in the area and with participation rates increasing, we need to make sure that our community has access to fit-for-purpose facilities across Ocean Grove,” Ms Asher said.

“I look forward to continuing to work hard for Ocean Grove families to ensure the very best of community facilities are delivered.”

Only the Morrison Government will continue to deliver a better future for Corangamite, and this is part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.

20 April 2022