The major $11 million upgrade of Geelong West Oval
pavilion and precinct will be officially opened this weekend.
Home to the Geelong West Giants, Geelong West Cricket
Club and Geelong Cycling Club, the upgrade was jointly funded with the
Victorian Government ($7.4 million) and the City of Greater Geelong ($3.6
The new two-storey multi-purpose pavilion meets AFL
Regional Facility Guidelines, with
home and away female friendly and umpire change rooms, as well as
all-accessible shower and toilet facilities.
The pavilion also houses
a commercial kitchen, kiosk and social rooms, a club gym, timekeepers and
coaches’ boxes.Upgrades throughout the precinct include a new
scoreboard, minor modifications to the heritage listed Flower Family Stand,
enhanced spectator seating, landscaping and additional car parking.
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher attended
the opening event on Saturday 8 May alongside The Hon. John Eren, Member for
Lara and Christine Couzens MP, Member for Geelong.
Oval has incredible history and it’s a very important place for the local
this redevelopment, its future as a premier local sporting venue is now secure,
and it’s also better set up for general community access and enjoyment.
Council was proud to partner with the Victorian Government to fund the $11
pavilion is outstanding. It gives the tenant clubs an amazing home facility
that will help them grow participation, and also positions the venue as a
regional facility capable of hosting local football finals. Congratulations to
Sport portfolio chair Councillor Ron Nelson said the upgrade
played an important role in increasing sporting opportunities and participation
in the region, particularly for women.
Not only are these facilities more accessible and appealing
for everyone to enjoy, they are also of a high calibre, suitable for elite
level sporting competition.
These upgrades are an integral part of plans to transform
Geelong West Oval into a regional-level facility – capable of hosting AFLW and
The transformation of Geelong West Oval aligns with the G21
Geelong Regional Alliance AFL Barwon Regional Strategy which identified Geelong
West Oval as a preferred location for hosting regional football finals, AFLW,
TAC Cup and VFL matches.