Council welcomes funding for Barton Recreation Reserve

Issued Thursday 25 January 2018

The City of Casey welcomed more than $500,000 in funding from the State Government that will go towards the development of Barton Recreation Reserve, Cranbourne West.

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City of Casey Deputy Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon with Minister for Sport the Hon. John Eren and fellow Councillor Rosalie Crestani at the funding announcement at Barton Recreation Reserve Wednesday morning. 

The funding forms part of the Sport and Recreation Victoria ‘Community Sports Infrastructure Fund' program and will be used for Stage Two development of the Reserve.

Minister for Sport the Hon. John Eren MP attended Barton Recreation Reserve on Wednesday 24 January to announce the $513,422 in funding.

Works will include construction of a district soccer and cricket pavilion featuring six female friendly change rooms, two female friendly referees room, social space, undercover viewing area, landscaping and public art.

The announcement will complete a major capital works project for Council, which was identified within Councils Leisure Facilities Development Plan.

City of Casey Deputy Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon said this project will ensure the facility meets the needs of the local sporting community and provide residents with plenty of opportunity to get active.

“The funding for this pavilion development complements Council’s existing project to construct three soccer pitches, one cricket oval, car parking and landscaping,” she said.

“These pitches and oval will mean that the expected 12,000 incoming residents to Cranbourne West will have access to higher quality soccer and cricket facilities valued at more than $7 million in infrastructure.

“It also provides our residents with the opportunity to become part of a sporting club and engrain themselves in their local community in a healthy and active manner.”

This project demonstrates Council’s commitment to its 2017-2021 Council Plan, delivering on objectives such as the desire to become a destination for arts, culture, sport and leisure, while attracting visitors and bringing communities together in a safe and connected way.

Works are expected to commence in May 2018 with completion in February 2019.

Cr Stapledon thanked the State Government for their contribution and said she looked forward to seeing the works get underway.