Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy (left) with Minister for Sport John Eren and Grovedale Sporting Club members.
Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy (left) with Minister for Sport John Eren and Grovedale Sporting Club members.

Burdoo Reserve upgrade gets green light

Friday, 29 June 2018

Burdoo Reserve in Grovedale will receive a much-needed facilities upgrade after the state government announced a $100,000 grant to help fund the project.

Home of the Grovedale football, netball and cricket clubs, Burdoo Reserve’s changerooms are outdated and don’t comply with modern standards.

The redevelopment will see the construction of gender neutral facilities for use by the club’s 500-plus participants, including its four junior girls’ and one senior women’s football teams.

The project will cost an estimated $390,000, with Council to contribute $260,000 and the club to kick in $30,000 of its own.

The state’s contribution, announced today by the Minister for Sport, The Hon. John Eren MP, is from the Country Football and Netball Funding Program (CFNP).

CFNP grants aim to improve facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan areas. Council applied for the grant in March.

Under the G21 and AFL Barwon Regional Strategy 2015, Burdoo Reserve’s changerooms were identified as a priority for upgrade.

It becomes the fifth reserve in Greater Geelong to receive partial funding for changeroom upgrades under the CFNP during the past five years.

The others are:

- Leopold Memorial Reserve (2014-15)
- Anakie Reserve (2016-17)
- Winter Reserve, Belmont (2017-18)
- Richmond Crescent Reserve, (2018-19)

Construction will begin during the 2018-19 financial year.

Mayor Bruce Harwood:


Council is pleased to be making a significant contribution of $260,000 for this project, which will help deliver a change facility that meets the AFL’s guidelines for unisex use and will bring great benefit to the community.

We also thank the state government for seeing the merit in our grant application.
Cr Peter Murrihy, Co-Chair, Social and Infrastructure Planning:

This upgrade is one of several we’re funding around the region in response to the rapid growth of women’s sport participation.

Our thanks to the state government for its contribution, and congratulations to the Grovedale Sporting Club on the excellent work it’s done to champion the project and help bring it to this point.