Government funding to upgrade region cricket ovals

The Grampians Cricket Association has received a much needed boost with $150,000 of state government funding allocated to upgrading several of the cricket pitches and surfaces around the region.

Ararat’s Gordon Street Oval, Pomonal’s Recreational Reserve and Lake Bolac were all the lucky recipients of the funding.

The funding will be used to top dress the oval and level it out as well as installing an underground watering system.

Association president Dave Turner said he expects the oval to hold a similar position as Stawell’s North Park when the works are complete.

“At the moment Gordon Street is like a beach and desert with the unevenness of the surface with the funding going towards widening the pitch as well,” he said.

“There will also be a bit done to the building to tidy it up which could entice the Little Athletics Club to the oval as well.”

Pomonal Recreation Reserve and Lake Bolac Oval received $107,000 to go towards their top dressing the two ovals and installed underground watering systems.

Turner said it was a big win for Grampians cricketers with the improvements of the oval expected to translate into higher standard games.

“It is going to make a big difference to the two ovals we use and there is no doubt Lake Bolac Oval deserves the funding as well,” he said.

The Gordon Street oval currently hosts Chalambar and St Andrews Cricket Clubs home games with two matches played at the oval most weeks.

Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Andrew Evans said Sunday’s announcement was a boost for sport in the region.

"We are absolutely ecstatic with the announcement,” he said.

"Right now Alexandra Oval is oversubscribed in terms of its usage and for us to be able to improve the Gordon Street oval and make it a legitimate second oval for Ararat is a big positive.”

Evans said it was an important project given the amount of sport the oval currently hosts.

"After work is complete, the surface will be good enough for us to have girls football matches and a range of potential other sports,” he said.

The works will be completed by the 2017-18 season.