Morwell Recreation Reserve is the centre of excellence for Australian Rules Football in Gippsland.
Morwell Recreation Reserve has been redeveloped as Gippsland’s AFL Centre of Excellence, with transformative work on the ground nearing completion.
A full-scale redevelopment of the outdoor netball courts and car park at the reserve was completed in the first stage of works by Morwell based contractor HCM Constructions.
The maiden games were played on the new surface on April 28, 2018 with lighting now installed to accommodate training and night play.
Traralgon company Langden Constructions then erected a shared netball and cricket pavilion which has experienced extensive usage since opening by the courts.
An aerial view of the new netball courts and shared pavilion.
A lighting upgrade to the main football oval was then completed by local company Contracting Kings, with new towers installed and higher lux capacity lights now in use.
Four 30 plus metre high light towers with 44 LED lighting fixtures were installed following demolition of the old Telcom poles which were used for many years.
The new 200 lux LED lighting system allows the grounds to be used for semi-professional game play and professional practice matches.
A full-size, multisport synthetic football oval has been installed, neighbouring the Gippsland Power Centre of Excellence at the site of the former caravan park, and opened for use in February 2020.
Design work was completed by LD-Eng with lead contractor TUFF TURF undertaking the construction project.
The synthetic ground features a 150 lux LED sport lighting system along with a viewing mound.
An aerial view of the synthetic field.
Work is underway to bring the football clubrooms up to modern standards in the final piece of the $9 million project.
The clubrooms will be compliant with AFL facility guidelines for regional level football and plans include:
- An extension and refurbishment of existing facility
- DDA compliant unisex amenities
- Multi-use change rooms allowing for female/male change rooms
- Umpire facilities
Keegan Street Reserve
An aerial view of the Keegan Street Reserve.
The Keegan Street oval is being redeveloped as part of the $9 million Morwell Recreation Reserve project, co-funded by the state and federal governments.
The project includes reconstructing the oval with a new crown design, upgrading the irrigation system and improving drainage.
Oval realignment and drainage works have been undertaken and sprigging for new grass commenced in late January.
A new natural turf wicket block has been laid in the centre of the ground which, once completed, will become a top-class cricket facility.
Local contractor A1 Civil is leading these works while Traralgon company Langden Constructions has installed a new four lane synthetic training wicket, including one for public access.
Consultation was undertaken with Morwell Football Netball Club, Morwell Cricket Club, Morwell Croquet Club, AFL Victoria, Netball Victoria and Gippsland Power to determine their needs and ideas for the site.
A Project Reference Group including local stakeholders continues to guide the overall project.