Friendlies Oval up­grade un­der way

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

RE­DE­VEL­OP­MENT works on the Euroa Friendlies Oval have be­gun with the re­cent re­moval of the old con­crete wicket and bound­ary fence.

Cur­rent works in­clude the re­shap­ing of the play­ing sur­face, widen­ing of the oval at the north and south ends and prepa­ra­tion of the ground with soil and fer­tiliser.

The next steps for the pro­ject will in­clude the re­plan­ta­tion of the ground with Santa Ana couch grass in­clud­ing three new turf wick­ets, the es­tab­lish­ment of an au­to­mated ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem and a new white picket bound­ary fence.

Rob Asquith, Friendlies Oval Sub­com­mit­tee mem­ber and one of the driv­ers of the pro­ject along with Peter Mor­ley and Peter Wood­house, said it is great to see works un­der­way.

“We have had such won­der­ful sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity through fundrais­ing so it is great to be able to start de­liv­er­ing the pro­ject,” Mr Asquith said.

“It is go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic ground for our lo­cal cricket, hockey and ten­nis clubs, as well as sig­nif­i­cantly im­prov­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of Euroa when com­ing in from the north­ern en­try.”

Seven Creeks Ward Coun­cil­lor and Chair of the Friendlies Oval Sub­com­mit­tee, Cr John Ma­son said it is fan­tas­tic to see the com­mit­tee and lo­cal com­mu­nity re­warded for their ef­forts.

“Coun­cil is so pleased to be able to part­ner with our com­mu­nity and the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment to en­sure the long-term fu­ture of the Friendlies Oval,” Cr Ma­son said.

“The end prod­uct will be a high cal­i­bre fa­cil­ity which will be val­ued and utilised by, not only its many user groups, but the whole com­mu­nity.”

The $210,000 up­grade is be­ing funded through $100,000 from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Sports and In­fra­struc­ture Fund, a $60,000 con­tri­bu­tion from the Friendlies Oval Com­mit­tee of Man­age­ment raised through com­mu­nity fundrais­ing and a $50,000 con­tri­bu­tion from Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil.

Plan­ning has com­menced for stages two and three of the oval’s re­de­vel­op­ment which would see ex­ter­nal ameni­ties up­dated and land­scaped as part of stage two, and the devel­op­ment of a new mul­tipur­pose club­house, which would ac­com­mo­date a num­ber of sport­ing groups.

DIG­GING IT UP: It’s all hap­pen­ing at Friendlies Oval, with of­fi­cial works un­der way.

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