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$1.1 million facelift for Milpera Reserve

Whether you call it football or soccer, players at Milpera Reserve in Wantirna will enjoy more opportunities to train and play year-round with upgrades to the fields and installation of new lighting.

An $850,000 upgrade project is nearing completion at the reserve, with the field levelled and new drainage and irrigation systems installed, and turf to be established throughout the warmer spring months.

Council also received a $125,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund for the lighting upgrade, which will be matched by Council to fund the installation.

New energy-efficient LED lighting will be installed across the two pitches, allowing home club Citylife FC to hold evening training sessions and matches and increase participation opportunities for all players, especially in winter months. The specialist lighting is designed with precision focus to ensure fields are lit to Australian standards for football, while removing any glare or spill into neighbouring properties.

Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Nicole Seymour said the growing demand in football was an important opportunity to support positive physical and mental health outcomes for participants of all ages, genders and abilities.

“The benefits of playing sport go well beyond physical fitness, by improving mental wellbeing and promoting strong community ties, local leadership and teamwork,” said Cr Seymour.

“Ensuring our city has high-quality, accessible sporting facilities and infrastructure is a key focus of Council, so we can continue to encourage greater and more diverse participation.”

“Our local sporting clubs and players have really felt the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions, but they’ll also play a crucial role in our community’s recovery from the pandemic. We’re making sure the best possible facilities are in place for these groups when sport is able to return and promote community spirit and connectedness.”

“We are grateful to the Victorian Government for the additional funding and support of this project.”

Should COVID-19 restrictions allow, it is anticipated the resurfaced grounds will be available for cricket usage by late 2020, with the lighting to be installed by mid-2021.

The World Game Facilities Fund seeks to improve football (soccer) facilities and help foster continued growth in participation. The resurfacing works and new lighting installation will establish Milpera Reserve as a leading warm-season grassed facility in the region.

Issued: Friday 28 August 2020
Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021

Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021 Reference:

Goal 6. We are healthy, happy and well

Strategy 6.2 - Support the community to enable positive physical and mental health.

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