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North Ballarat #2 Oval construction milestone

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Mayor Des Hudson showing how to handle grass flanked by Eddy and Max Tassell, watching on is Andrew Hooper, Jason Crosbie, Gary Buckenara and Mark Greig.

AN upgrade of the North Ballarat #2 Oval at the Eureka Stadium precinct has reached a key milestone. Last week turf was being installed as part of works to provide an alternative training venue to Eureka Stadium for the North Ballarat Roosters and North Ballarat City football clubs, and to manage usage loads of the stadium’s playing surface.

The North Ballarat Junior Football Netball Club will also benefit from the upgrade, while the North Ballarat Cricket Club will have access to improved playing facilities with five new cricket wickets. Pitchcraft Pty Ltd is delivering the oval redevelopment, which includes: Increasing the oval size to the same size as Etihad Stadium, Reconstruction of the playing surface with a full sand profile, New turf, Sub-surface drainage, Automatic irrigation system, Spoon drain, Fencing, Junior coaches’ boxes. Ballarat electrical company T.J. Coutts Pty Ltd Electrical Contractors is delivering lighting works, which include a significant upgrade to bring the oval’s lighting up to a semi-professional level.

Construction started in August and is expected to finish in the next couple of weeks.

The oval will be ready for training at the beginning of 2016.

The works are part of the Ballarat Major Events Precinct, which is being funded by the State Government and includes $15 million for a redevelopment of Eureka Stadium. Eureka Stadium is on track for AFL games to be staged in Western Victoria in 2017. Works at North Ballarat #2 Oval and Eureka Stadium have been enabled following the completion of the Ballarat Major Events Precinct Master Plan. The public is invited to have its say on the Ballarat Major Events Precinct and Eureka Stadium upgrade until Friday 18 December, 2015.

View the Ballarat Major Events Precinct Master Plan, Eureka Stadium concept designs and other relevant information on the City of Ballarat website: www.ballarat.vic.gov.au