The City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with the Victorian Government Department of Sport and Recreation Victoria is undertaking a $4.9M redevelopment of the Harry Trott Kennington Recreation Reserve in Neale Street.
The project will include a complete redevelopment of the existing pavilion to provide an updated local level sports pavilion that meets todays building and accessibility standards, complete with female friendly change rooms, social facilities for shared use by a range of user groups, improved landscapes and spectator viewing areas.
The reserve is currently home to the Bendigo United Cricket Club and South Bendigo Football Netball Club. It caters for over 800 registered players and is also used as an area for informal recreation and social tennis by the broader community.
- Is a key action of the Kennington Recreation Reserve Masterplan.
- Will aid the full relocation of South Bendigo Football Netball Club operations from the QEO to Kennington, allowing South Bendigo to realise its vision of creating a new home in Kennington.
- Will provide important opportunities and facilities for girls and women to participate in sport and healthy activity within their local area.
- Will allow the Netball Club to expand their operations and develop more junior teams.
- Will enable the football and cricket clubs to expand their programs to target female participation in traditionally male dominated sports.
- Will support the demand for sports facilities to cater for growing sports participation rates.
- Will provide benefits to current users, future users and the surrounding community by improving access to sports and increased participation and use of the reserve
- Will increase the long-term viability of the existing facility
- Will provide opportunities to increase user groups at the reserve
The redevelopment will include:
- Four change rooms and associated player amenities (two compliant with AFL standards, two compliant with Netball Victoria standards)
- First aid/massage room
- All abilities change room
- Two umpire rooms (catering to male and female use)
- Public amenities with internal and external access
- Social/community function and meeting space
- Kiosk and kitchen
- Meeting room/administration office
- Storage for tenant groups and back of house facilities
- Spectator areas for viewing the oval and netball courts
- External storage to support netball and oval sports activities
- Completion of access paths and landscape work associated with the footprint of the new pavilion
- External landscaping works
- Construction of car park at Glencoe Street
- Construction of an accessible pathway from the car park to the pavilion
- Construction of a shared use zone for vehicle access to the eastern side of the pavilion for deliveries and emergency vehicles.
The project will build on previous improvements already undertaken by the City at the reserve including:
- Redevelopment of the tennis courts to accommodate netball and tennis
- Installation of court and oval lighting,
- Construction of a new oval scoreboard
- The development of a master plan for the site
- Construction of cricket training facilities