Bass Coast has some fantastic Recreation Reserves spread across the Shire. These Reserves host local sporting events as well as being available to the community for informal recreation.
Recreation Reserve Hire Application Forms are available from Council's Recreation and Culture Department who can be contacted on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.
Thompson Reserve Inverloch- Sports Field lighting
After successfully applying to Sports and Recreation Victoria for funding the Thompsong Reserve lighting project is scheduled to start in 2017. The project will involve the installation of training standard lighting at the Reserve to be utilized by the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club who along with Council are also contributing financially to the project.
Wonthaggi Netball Court Redevelopment
The redevelopment of the 7 Outdoor Courts in Wonthaggi is now complete and scheduled to be officially opened on 20 April at 4pm, everyone is welcome to attend.
Dalyston Recreation Reserve Drainage
Works to install of sub-surface drainage at the Dalyston Recreation Reserve were complete in the summer of 2015/16. Experienced drainage contractor Aussie Drain has been appointed to do the $250,000 project. The project has been made possible thanks to contribution from Sports and Recreation Victoria, Council and Dalyston Recreation Reserve Committee.
Wonthaggi Tennis Courts
Wonthaggi is the home of two brand new tennis courts following the grand opening at the Wonthaggi Tennis Club on Sunday, 11 October.
The new high quality plexipave courts satisfy the requirements of Tennis Australia and are the same blue as the Australian Open courts. They replace two acrylic courts that had a dangerously uneven, gravelly surface.
Wonthaggi Tennis Club President, Russell Cargill, said planning for the $170,000 project had been in place for a number of years.
“The previous Coalition State Government provided a grant of $50,000 to kick start the process, with the Club and Council then successful in receiving a $50,000 grant through the Sports and Recreation Victoria minors program, Bass Coast Shire Council contributed $10,000 and countless hours of project management. The remaining funds were $35,000 from the club, and $25,000 provided by Tennis Australia.”
If you would like to become involved in Tennis the Club is located at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve and caters for a junior competition, midweek ladies competition, an evening social mixed competition, a morning social get together and for learners of all ages through coaching and a hotshots program, so it is a facility that really does have something for everyone.
Photo: Wonthaggi District Tennis Club Life Members (left to right) Sophie Pothof, Margaret McCulley, Carol Sleeman & Ivy Sheppard
Thompson Reserve in Inverloch will be suited for sports all year round thanks to the installation of a new drainage system.
The $130,000 project was a community effort funded by a Sports and Recreation Victoria grant for $75,500 received by Council in 2013, as well as contributions from Council, Bendigo Community Bank Inverloch, Inverloch Stars Soccer Club and Inverloch Cricket Club.
Townsend Ward Councillor, Jordan Crugnale, said the works involved improving the drainage of the oval, upgrading the water main and some basic irrigation works.
“These works were undertaken earlier this year and with the works now complete, the ground is recovering as grass re-establishes itself over the drainage lines,” Cr Crugnale said.
“This project will enable the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club to use the oval for games in winter next year, with the ground not suitable for winter sports in the past due to the lack of drainage, and will also increase the use of the ground over summer by the Inverloch Cricket Club.”
The Bendigo Community Bank Inverloch Director and Deputy Chairman, Max Warlow, and Director and Executive Assistant, Sam Moyle, said the Bank was thrilled to have supported such an important community facility. The Bank applied for the a $20,000 grant through the Bendigo Community Enterprise and contributed the additional $13,000.
“The $33,000 sponsorship was for the drainage for this community facility and this ground is notorious for being unuseable in winter. The drainage is a fantastic improvement to the facility,” Mr Warlow said.
Inverloch Stars Soccer Club President, Pat Gilbert, is delighted with the prospect that the drainage project brings the club.
“It means that winter sport can now be played at Thompson Reserve with soccer being the winter user,” Mr Gilbert said.
Inverloch Bowling Club
A new synthetic green has been installed at the Inverloch Bowling Club thanks to a joint effort by the Club, the former State Government and Bass Coast Shire Council.
With the assistance of Council, the Club successfully applied for a $50,000 Local Facilities for Local Clubs 2014-2015 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria, with the Club providing an additional $130,000 for the project.
Townsend Ward Councillor, Jordan Crugnale, said Council prepared the grant together with the Club, with the new synthetic green replacing a natural grass green, significantly improving the Club’s facilities.
“The advantage of the synthetic green is to extend the use of the green to year round use rather than mainly warmer season use,” Cr Crugnale said.
“The new green will also encourage participation from a wider cross-section of the community, such as older adults, youth and new participants to the sport, without the need for correct bowling equipment or footwear. The club supports new members and participants by providing spare bowls to use.”
Cr Crugnale said it was great to see Council help facilitate the grant with the State Government.
“It’s a great outcome for our local community.”
Club President, Ron Burge, said the members are all thrilled with the synthetic green.
“It’s been a big job by a lot of volunteers and it’s a tremendous effort by everyone,” Mr Burge said.
“We do appreciate every little bit of help we get and we thank the State Government and Bass Coast Council for all the help they’ve given us in bringing this project to fruition.”
Member for Bass, Brian Paynter MP, said it was fantastic to see the State Government contribute to such a “wonderful community organisation”.
“This is the essence of government I think; that we’re able to boost and contribute to local clubs.”