The final turf has been laid on St Kilda’s iconic Junction Oval, with out of ground construction commencing as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s redevelopment of the new first-class cricket ground.
Minister for Sport John Eren, Member for Albert Park Martin Foley, representatives from Cricket Victoria and stars Peter Siddle and Kristen Beams today inspected the oval that will deliver a second home for Victoria’s star cricketers.
The Labor Government’s $25 million contribution will give our top male and female cricketers the ground and facilities they deserve.
The new turf is designed to create the very best playing field, with a smooth and quick outfield that is safe for fielders and fair for bowlers and batsmen alike.
The Victorian Cricket and Community Centre will feature new headquarters for Cricket Victoria, female-friendly facilities for our elite women’s cricket team VicSpirit, and state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitation areas.
As a second ICC-compliant first class ground for Melbourne, it will host grassroots cricket clubs in St Kilda, as well as Sheffield Shield matches for the champion Bushrangers.
The centre will take cricket to all Victorian communities through increased participation with women, young people, newly arrived and indigenous communities a priority.
Cricket is our national pastime and we’re seeing even more young Victorians pick up a bat or ball, especially with women and girls inspired by their Women’s Big Bash heroes.
That’s why we’re supporting cricket clubs across the state to upgrade their facilities, attract more fans and players of all abilities, and discover our next test cricket star.
The project is now well underway with construction of the new three-storey building at the northern end taking shape. It is expected to be completed for use during the 2017-18 season.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren
“Aussies love their cricket, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure even more Victorians can enjoy our summer pastime, all-year round.”
“Our cricketers deserve the very best facilities and a world class ground – we promised them, and we’re getting on with building them.”
Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley
“This upgrade will ensure Junction Oval’s future is just as bright as its past. We’re giving St Kilda clubs space to grow and inspire more local cricket fans to pick up the willow and have a hit or bowl.”
Quote attributable to Cricket Victoria Chief Executive Tony Dodemaide
“This milestone is a significant step towards establishing the home of Victorian Cricket and providing year-round access for Victoria’s elite male and female cricketers and an accessible venue for local cricket and the local community.”