New Downer Oval Facility Project plans revealed
Williamstown Football Club is excited to announce an update to the Downer Oval facility project, designed to meet the needs of our Club and community.
Given Council’s oval reconstruction works commencing in October 2020, it was timely for the Club to re-assess its master plan building facility which will service the ground users.
Designed to blend in with the existing environment, the building facility will provide new unisex, accessible changerooms for umpires, teams and local community users. At a cost of $3.6 million, it delivers a professional training and administration facility with key community interfaces.
CEO Jason Reddick stated: “We encourage our local residents and interested parties to review the new design. We think they will be pleased to see how we have worked within the surrounding area yet maintained our pursuit of excellence. With this development, Downer Oval will become a venue that the broader Hobsons Bay community can fully utilise and be extremely proud of."
Club President Clint Rippon added: “This project is a key component of our master plan to upgrade the facilities at Downer Oval into a community asset that supports the diverse range of teams that utilise the ground. We are excited to be able to enhance our facility so that it delivers into the needs of the Hobsons Bay and surrounding municipalities to support and promote sporting inclusiveness.”
The flexible functionality of the changerooms will provide for teams involved in the state and community league’s double/triple header matches which are regularly fixtured at Downer Oval.
“No longer will we have teams standing outside in the cold and rain waiting on the next teams to come out of the Pavilion, nor will we require the use of unsightly small portable rooms that fail to meet the needs of users," Reddick said.
The project includes expansion and re-design of the existing Williamstown women’s changerooms, bringing them in line with the men’s space and creating better flow of facility use.
Rippon said that the new plans were pulled together to take advantage of the expected investment by the State and Federal Governments in community infrastructure.
“With AFL funding support, we are currently progressing this project to a ’shovel ready state’, and we are hopeful that we can secure funding commitments from State and Federal Government," he said.
"As the project is estimated to create between 250 – 300 building jobs, we are focused on involving as many local tradesmen and businesses in the construction process to help reignite the local economy and assist our community in recovering from the effects of COVID-19.