Hopes for new oval at Kialla Park high

By Thomas Moir

Greater Shepparton’s city engineer is confident a redevelopment of the main oval at Kialla Park Recreation Reserve will be under way by the end of the year.

According to a background report to a recent council meeting, a tender is currently being evaluated for the construction of Kialla Park Recreation Reserve’s main oval redevelopment.

City engineer Phil Hoare said a masterplan for the site had been endorsed in 2015. This had identified a list of actions and priorities for the facility.

‘‘The next action was to redevelop the park,’’ Mr Hoare explained.

Mr Hoare estimated the development as costing in the order of $350000 to $400000.

‘‘We want to get it done later in the year,’’ he said.

‘‘We will probably look to do an initial plant later this year, in August or September. There’ll be action there soon.’’

The works included the redevelopment of the main oval, reshaping and resizing so the facility was fit for purposes, introducing more drought-resistance grass cover, installing effective drainage, an irrigation system to more efficiently irrigate grass and new fencing, Mr Hoare said.

‘‘When it rains, there’s really poor drainage,’’ he said.

Mr Hoare said new light towers had recently been installed.

‘‘They haven’t been switched on yet, but they’re up and ready to go.’’

Mr Hoare also said the council had received a grant for the reserve’s sports centre to improve change room facilities.

‘‘There’s some good stuff happening out at Kialla Park, between those three things,’’ he said.

‘‘Lots of our sporting facilities now are at capacity with people trying to squeeze in. These sorts of (projects) are really important.’’