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 - October 2019

Current happenings/works completed: 

  • Irrigation system 90% completed with final connections and commissioning to be completed 
  • Sub-surface has been levelled and will have a final laser level after the irrigation is finished
  • Cricket wicket concrete pad and concrete surround installed. 

Upcoming works:

  • Completion of irrigation install
  • Final levelling/laser of sub-surface 
  • Installation of fence posts and concrete plinth surrounding ground 
  • Drainage works. 
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.

Works started in September 2019 and are due for completion in December 2019.

However, the upgrade will require the ground to be closed for up to 12 months while these improvement works take place and the grass establishes. The area will be fenced off until April 2020.

There will be no access to the west sports ground during this period and limited access to car parking. The Princes Highway Reserve East sportsground and surrounding areas will remain open as normal. Traffic management and detours will be in place to guide people around the site.

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

More information

Enquiries: Aaron Higginbotham, Recreation Project Officer, on 9518 3005.

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Last updated: 23 October 2019