Investment in recreation facilities and play spaces for active lives

The City of Greater Bendigo’s 2022/2023 proposed Budget seeks to deliver active and healthy opportunities for the community by funding upgrades to sports and recreation facilities across the municipality.

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the community greatly valued the use of recreational and outdoor facilities.

“Our region is proud to have high quality sports and recreation facilities to support residents to live healthy and active lives, and the proposed Budget will see a $6.1M investment in recreation, aquatic and open space facilities renewals and upgrades,” Cr Metcalf said.

  • Investment priorities include the $1.5M construction of the new Lake Weeroona play space to create play zones for a variety of ages, more seating and shade  
  • A $1.8M investment for the next stage of the Ewing Park and precinct which will see the construction of a learn-to-ride park adjacent to the newly constructed skate park
  • A multi-year investment for the Mercy Junortoun Joint Use Sports Precinct development at Catherine McAuley College will see $1.5M spent in 2022/2023 ($7M City contribution in total). This facility will be shared by the College and the growing local community, and will include two sports ovals with synthetic cricket pitches, two outdoor netball courts, car parking and a multipurpose community building
  • The redevelopment of the Municipal Baths will progress with $1.3M allocated in 2022/2023. The multi-year project will renew the site for community use as part of a key action in the Rosalind Park Master Plan
  • A multi-year investment in the Strathfieldsaye Community Hub in Club Court will see stage 2 funding to redevelop club facilities to support the relocation of the Strathfieldsaye Bowls Club and 1st Strathfieldsaye Scouts to the main hub building
  • Tom Flood Centre is in line for $1.3M in funding for reconstruction of the turf sporting surface
  • Bendigo Stadium will see a $540,000 investment to continue the roof replacement project and for basketball court resurfacing
  • $600,000 for the Axedale tennis court upgrade with the installation of two new courts and funding for a shed shelter renewal
  • Initial work on a Greater Bendigo Bowls Strategy and Feasibility Study will commence
  • Improvements to facilities at Brennan Park Swimming Pool in Flora Hill, including an upgrade to the change rooms and accessible paths to the pool facilities
  • Upgrade of the diving towers at Faith Leech Aquatic Centre (1 metre and 3 metre towers)
  • Field lighting upgrade at Spring Gully Soccer Club

Several projects will be designed over the coming year, in advance of seeking matched external funding or consideration for inclusion in future Council budgets. This includes several LED lighting investigations and design at:

    • BMX track at Albert Roy Reserve
    • Quarry Hill (Ken Wust) Recreation Reserve
    • California Gully Recreation Reserve
    • Maiden Gully Recreation Reserve

Building design works are allocated in the proposed Budget at:

    • Golden Square Recreation Reserve
    • Peter Krenz redevelopment

The Budget also includes regular programmed renewals and maintenance on sports fields, play spaces, pools and parks.  

The proposed Budget is now available for public written comments until 5pm, Monday May 16. To view the proposed Budget, visit: https://letstalkgreaterbendigo.com.au/2022-2023-budget

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