In conjunction with Inside Edge Sport and Leisure Planning, the Birregurra Recreation Reserve Committee has developed a Master Plan for the redevelopment of the town’s key sporting grounds.

The development of the Birregurra Recreation Reserve Master Plan involved consultation with state and local governments, existing and potential user groups, local sporting leagues and associations and other key stakeholders.

The Birregurra Recreation Reserve is widely used by many different sections of the local community. Overall, the reserve receives an estimated 400 visits on a weekly basis, and attracts more than 300 different users annually.

These may include: Birregurra Football and Netball Club, Birregurra Tennis Club, Birregurra Cricket Club, Birregurra Boot Camp and Fitness, Birregurra Dog Obedience Club, Birregurra Soccer Club, Birregurra Rural Fire Brigade, Birregurra Classic Car Club and the Birregurra Primary School.

The Master Plan provides a strategy for the Birregurra Recreation Reserve to be redeveloped into a modern sporting and community hub with increased amenity and community function space making it a facility the whole town can benefit from, and be proud of.

Main sporting club pavilion

The main pavilion, including the social area and change rooms, require replacement as they do not currently meet sporting club requirements.

The social area is too small for after match functions and all major club activities have to be relocated to the town’s hall.

Existing services are unable to cope with the current demands from the sporting clubs and the pavilion does not provide enough change facilities for netball and football to co-exist.

Playing areas and surfaces

The oval has poor drainage and the asphalt netball/tennis courts are in poor condition. The courts do not meet Netball Victoria, or Tennis Victoria guidelines regarding run off areas or the space between courts.

Plans for redevelopment

Construction of a new pavilion and change facilities that meet the needs of the local sporting clubs, associations, community groups, females, people with access and mobility requirements, schools and casual users.

Relocate the main entry to the reserve along Barry Street.

Improve car parking and establish a vehicle exit point along Strachan Street.

Improve internal roadways.

Increase the number courts to five – three stand alone tennis courts, one combined tennis and netball court, and one stand alone netball show court.

Upgrade sports field lighting to the oval and the courts.

Upgrade playing surface on main oval.

Upgrade cricket practice facilities.

Cost and fundraising

The estimate cost of the redevelopment is $2 million. To kick start the Master Plan, the Recreation Reserve Committee has launched an appeal to the residents of Birregurra to help raise an initial $200,000 to take to various government, sporting and commercial agencies to request grants and funding.

Donations will be held in trust, and refunded if the plan does not go ahead.

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