A NEW development that will include a pavilion, female-friendly change rooms and more car parking is underway at Harry Trott Oval.
The $4.9 million redevelopment of the Kennington reserve will see the existing pavilion demolished to make way for the new facilities.
Among the new facilities are shared social facilities, improved landscapes and spectator viewing areas. The new four change rooms will include two that are compliant with Cricket Australia and AFL standards and two who are Netball Victoria standards.
An all abilities change room complete with first aid and massage room and umpire's room will also be constructed as part of the new pavilion along with a new kiosk and kitchen, administration office and storage.
Other works will include a new car park on Glencoe Street, more pathways and car access for the eastern side of the pavilion.
The project is funded by $2.9 million from the City of Greater Bendigo and $2 million from the state government.
City of Greater Bendigo mayor Jennifer Alden said the project will benefit more than 800 players and provide improved facilities for the wider community.
"The reserve is home to the Bendigo United Cricket Club and will support the full relocation of South Bendigo Football Netball Club from the QEO to Kennington as their new home increasing opportunities for Kennington to reconnect to football and netball," she said.
"The project is a key action of (council's) Kennington Recreation Reserve Masterplan and it will enable football, netball and cricket clubs to expand their programs and increase participation opportunities.
"The new female friendly designed facilities will enable the football and cricket clubs to expand their programs to target female participation in traditionally male dominated sports.
"It will also increase the viability of the existing facility and open the door to increase user groups at the reserve."
Franklin and Walsh Builders will undertake the works which are expected to be completed by mid-2022.
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