GRASSROOTS sports clubs will be able to open more doors for locals to play the game they love, with a new sports hub ready for action in Kyabram.
Minister for Sport John Eren visited the redeveloped Northern Oval last week, a project that was made largely possible by a $650,000 grant from the Victorian Government.
“I’m here at the fantastic Kyabram Northern Oval recreation reserve and you can see that on a match day it’ll be a hive of activity,” Mr Eren said.
“We hope it will be a community hub where many different sports are played and we’re so pleased to be adding value to it by investing in it.
“Local sporting clubs are the heart and soul of Campaspe Shire and they deserve modern facilities that will benefit the whole community.
“Sport is vital in keeping the social fabric of a community together. We celebrate together, commiserate together and build lifelong friendships.”
The massive Northern Oval redevelopment features two soccer pitches, two football/cricket ovals, new lighting, six hard courts for netball and tennis, and an upgrade of the fire brigade running track.
It is the first dedicated football facility in the Campaspe Shire and will give clubs in Kyabram the room they need to grow and welcome more members than ever before.
The local community also contributed $115,000 to the $2 million project.
“That is a tremendous effort. A lot of sausage sizzles and a lot of raffle tickets sold,” Mr Eren said.
Former netballer Cynna Kydd – who played 27 Tests for the Australian national netball team – also attended the tour of the redeveloped oval.
Ms Kydd, who grew up in Kyabram, got her start as a netballer on the oval courts.
“It’s so exciting to see them back to their former glory,” she said.
As to questions about the secret to Kyabram’s sporting success, Ms Kydd said there must be something in the water in our town.
“They breed them tough here, that’s for sure.”
Recreation manager Brett Flavell said this was only the beginning for the oval, with further developments planned for the future.
“We are currently planning a second stage which will look at extending and refitting the building on the oval to increase storage and change rooms,” he said.
“At this stage, it is looking like the second stage will take about three to four years to be completed.”