Investment in recreation facilities and playspaces for active lives

Media release

The City of Greater Bendigo’s adopted 2023/2024 Budget continues to deliver active and healthy opportunities for the community with multi-year investments for sports and recreation facilities. 

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said recreational and outdoor facilities provided important social hubs for sporting clubs and local communities to connect and enjoy a range of sports and activities. 

"Sport and leisure are a massive part of community life in Greater Bendigo, and we need to support growing participation by ensuring our facilities are kept to a high standard,” Cr Metcalf said. 

“We do this very well by investing in recreational facilities that will benefit growing communities for many years to come. 

“Playspaces are also important to local families, and we are fortunate to have a large number and variety across our neighbourhoods. 

“This year’s investments in maintaining and improving our recreational infrastructure will ensure residents are able to be outside and active, either playing organised sport or making the most of facilities and playspaces for fitness and fun.” 

The budget includes:

  • Final stage funding ($3.5M) for the shared Mercy Junortoun Sporting Precinct, which is close to completion 
  • Complete the concept design for the Quarry Hill Recreation Reserve (Ken Wust) pavilion renewal
  • Improve accessibility and upgrades to facilities at Red Energy Arena (Bendigo Stadium) 
  • Multi-year funding continues at Strathfieldsaye Club Court to improve facilities 
  • Tom Flood Sport Centre fencing, gates and lighting  
  • Maiden Gully Recreation Reserve Tennis Pavilion shelter, storage and toilet works, tennis lighting and hard surface renewal 
  • Bendigo Tennis Centre lighting renewal Cooinda Park public toilet renewal to improve accessibility  
  • Playspace renewal at Prouses Road in North Bendigo 
  • Playspace renewal at Akoonah Drive in Golden Square 
  • Playspace renewal at Melbury Court in Epsom 
  • Playspace renewal located at Long Gully Neighbourhood House 

 The Budget also includes regular programmed renewals and maintenance for sports fields, pools and parks.   

To view the adopted Budget and for more information, head to:

Greater Bendigo