Knox Gardens oval upgrade a welcome all-rounder

Media Release


15 December 2017

Joint release with:

Alan Tudge

Federal Member for Aston
Minister for Human Services

John Mortimore

Mayor of Knox City Council

  • New concrete cricket pitch and playing surface for Knox Gardens Reserve lower oval
  • Improved playing conditions will increase local club participation
  • Coalition Government invested $110,000 in the project

Local sports players and fans in the Knox region today celebrated the re-opening of the Knox Gardens Reserve lower-oval after a major upgrade of the ground.

Federal Member for Aston Alan Tudge said the new, high-quality facilities were capable of hosting a diverse range of sports and would build a stronger local community.

“Well-appointed and maintained sports facilities keep kids and their families engaged in local community activities that can provide important inter-generational mentoring opportunities,” Mr Tudge said.

“In addition to the re-surfacing works and installation of a new concrete cricket pitch, this major upgrade of the reserve's lower-oval also included the installation of security fencing, eight new goal posts and an oval irrigation system.”

“The Coalition Government made a commitment at the election to have this sports ground upgraded, and I am pleased to see it delivered.”

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said providing communities with improved sports facilities has far-reaching benefits.

“This upgrade will have excellent social and health benefits for the community while boosting the local economy, by attracting more visitors to come and play cricket,” Mr Chester said.

Mayor of Knox City Council John Mortimore said Council was delighted to support the upgrade.

“Home to the Knox Gardens Cricket Club, Knox Football Club, Knox Women's Football Club and Knox Junior Football Club, upgrading the Knox Gardens Reserve lower-oval playing surface will help accommodate growing demand at this venue, including increased female and junior participation,” Cr Mortimore said.

The project was jointly funded with the Coalition Government providing $110,000 and Knox City Council providing $300,000.