Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre Project Underway

Media Release


21 November 2013

Joint release with:

Dan Tehan

Federal Member for Wannon

Hugh Delahunty

Minister for Sport and Recreation

Ararat's sporting, training, recreation and community needs are set for a big boost, with work starting today on the Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre Project.

Contractors have arrived on site to demolish the old facilities and start construction of the new $3.8 million community and recreation centre.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the high quality multipurpose community and sporting hub would spark more sporting and social activities in the local community.

“The current Alexandra Oval Reserve facilities are central to the Ararat township and are used by an average of 570 people each week,” Mr Truss said.

“These improved facilities will draw even more of the town's residents and people from the surrounding Grampians region, boosting the community's health and wellbeing as well as the town's economy.”

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the centre would encourage even more community and youth engagement through sport.

“It's much more than just sporting grounds—it's a community space offering more social activities for everyone, including those using the Alexandra Gardens and health precinct,” said Mr Tehan.

“It's a tribute to the hardworking local community who have come together to realise this project.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said the new centre would give Ararat the chance to hold more regional sporting events.

“We will see a boost to local businesses, as well as the well-known benefits of sport, which improves health and wellbeing, builds teamsmanship, develops new skills, improves self-esteem and creates social networks.”

The Australian Government contributed $500,000 and the Victorian Government contributed $1.6 million to the new Centre which is due for completion by 1 March 2015.