The booming number of sporting clubs in Wyndham will soon have a new place to call home, thanks to a $935,000 upgrade of the facilities at Manor Lakes College.
The project will include the construction of a second oval and cricket nets, and the installation of sports lighting at Manor Lakes College.
Wyndham City’s Sports Development portfolio holder Cr Peter Maynard said the upgrade would allow more residents to participate in sport.
“While Wyndham’s population has been growing rapidly, so has the demand for residents to be able to participate in their favourite sports,” Cr Maynard said.
Since 2014 cricket participation in Wyndham has grown by 59 per cent, from 91 teams to 145 teams. The number of AFL teams has also grown from 99 to 105 in the same period.
“When the sporting facilities at Manor Lakes were originally built, there was a vision for this to be a sporting hub that would include two ovals that could accommodate multiple sports, cricket nets and a pavilion. This was going to be a space where students, sporting clubs and members of the community could get involved in sport,” said Cr Maynard said.
“Since then, while the first oval and the pavilion were constructed, the project was never completed to the standard that Council, the local community or the sporting clubs wanted,” Cr Maynard added.
“Now, thanks to funding from the State Government and years of residents, Council Officers and myself as Sport Development portfolio holder calling for action, we can finally complete this important project,” he said.
When it’s complete, the Manor Lakes Cricket Club will reportedly be able to quadruple the number of members it can accommodate, expanding to eight junior teams, four senior teams and four social teams, and the Manor Lakes Football Club will be able to double its membership and grow to 16 teams across all age groups. The pavilion will also be renovated and refurbished to help cater for the growing number of sporting teams.
“I’d like to thank the Victorian Department of Education for supporting this project and I look forward to seeing the community hit plenty of sixes and kick lots of goals once it is finished,” Cr Maynard said.