All systems go for Downer Oval ground reconstruction 

(Downer Oval ground reconstruction is expected to commence in October 2020). 
At their final meeting before lockdown, Hobsons Bay Council last night formally approved the contract for the Downer Oval Ground Redevelopment to be awarded to Pitchcraft Pty Ltd.


The fixed lump sum price of $2m is a significant investment by Council to deliver a ground surface that will meet the high standards of the VFL/VFLW and NAB state league competitions for tenant teams Williamstown and the Western Jets, as well as the needs of the many community users who are fixtured for games at Downer Oval each year. 


Williamstown CEO Jason Reddick was excited by the news. 


“Our sincere thanks to Hobsons Bay Council, their CEO Aaron Van Egmond and Director Infrastructure Sanjay Manivasagasivam, for the work done in securing such a highly qualified supplier from the 10 tender submissions that were presented,” Reddick said.


“The experience of Pitchcraft in delivering elite AFL oval constructions ensures that Downer Oval will have a surface of the highest quality for the 2021 season and beyond. 


"Our players will now be extra excited about getting back into action at Downer Oval in 2021!”   


Club President Clint Rippon also welcomed the news.


“We are thrilled to have obtained Council support and to have secured Pitchcraft as an experienced provider to deliver a ground surface that supports all community users of Downer Oval,” Rippon said.  


"This is an important step in our overall master plan to develop Downer Oval so that we can provide suitable facilities for the diverse range of teams, such as women’s and juniors, who utilise the ground."


Pitchcraft have reconstructed AFL venues Etihad Stadium, Manuka Oval (ACT), UTAS Stadium (Launceston Tasmania), Eureka Stadium (Ballarat) as well as North Port Oval (Port Melbourne’s VFL ground).


(North Port Oval in readiness for the 2019 season). 


To see a short video of the extensive Pitchcraft works at Eureka Stadium, click on this link:  


Subject to COVID-19 impacts, the reconstruction works are expected to commence in October 2020 and the ground will be available for football in May 2021. 


Williamstown VFL and VFLW games will be fixtured at away venues until then.    


“So many of  our Club members, players (current and past), Directors, and staff have also played a significant part in driving this project, and we wish to say a massive thank you for your support,” Reddick said.


“Your efforts, whether it be via signed petitions, letters, meetings, or calls, have been instrumental in securing a ground that, as a community, will meet our needs and one that we can now all be truly proud of.” 

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