Princes Highway Reserve redevelopment

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Council is investing in $1.2 million of improvements to the Princes Highway Reserve West Oval by upgrading the playing field.

These works are an exciting project for the local sports clubs and park users, ensuring the ground remains usable and in good condition throughout the winter months. The works will significantly improve drainage and drought tolerance with the installation of the new turf surface and a highly-efficient irrigation system.

The pitch upgrade and associated works are expected to take around four months to complete, at which point the grow-in period of the new turf will commence.

Update -January 2020

Current happenings/works completed: 

  • Irrigation system completed
  • Sub-surface has been levelled 
  • Cricket wicket concrete pad and concrete surround installed
  • Installation of fence posts and concrete plinth surrounding ground 
  • Drainage works. 

Upcoming works:

  • Turf to be installed 
  • Coaches boxes to be installed
  • Chainmesh fence to be installed
  • Synthetic on cricket pitch and in front of coaches boxes to be installed 
  • New bollard line to be installed
  • Mulching and garden bed clean-out
  • New seats 
  • New shade sail over BBQ area. 
Birds eye view of Princes Highway Reserve pitch works


Image of works taking place on Princes Highway Reserve


The improvement works include:

  • removal of the existing turf surface
  • addition of a sand profile and re-levelling of the surface
  • new drainage and irrigation system
  • installation of new warm season grass
  • new coaches boxes and synthetic grass pads.

Construction works started in September 2019 and are due to be completed by March 2020, followed by a 16 week maintenance period to allow for the establishment of turf. 

There will be no access to the west sports ground during this period, with community access available May 2020. 

The ground is expected to be available for formal sport usage from October 2020.

More information

Enquiries: Kate Dunlop, Recreation Project Officer, on 9518 3003.

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Last updated: 23 January 2020