Shell Rd plans revealed

Shell Rd plans revealed

THE designs for Ocean Grove’s $5.5 million Shell Road Reserve Pavilion were shared on Friday May 30.

Members from local sporting clubs, who will be sharing the space, joined Cr Jan Farrell and Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson in the unveiling.

“This is a huge milestone for the Ocean Grove community as the planning and development of Shell Road Reserve and its sporting infrastructure has been 20 years in the making,” Cr Farrell said.

The facilities included in the architectural designs are based on the Ocean Grove Sporting Infrastructure Plan. Among them are four B class soccer change rooms, two local level football and cricket change rooms, two local football and netball league netball change rooms, a sports store, a commercial kitchen and first aid room. These features, and others, were identified as essential in the plan as the population of Ocean Grove grows.

“Council has worked hard with the key sporting clubs to come up with the best design possible to meet their needs. State sporting associations such as the FFV, AFL and Netball Victoria have all given the design a tick of approval,” Cr Farrell added.

It is anticipated that the project will be out to tender before Christmas. If the planned timeline is followed, the pavilion will be ready to go for the 2016 winter sport season.

“This has been a long time coming for Ocean Grove residents and I thank them for their patience. It’s going to be fantastic to see this pavilion take shape and be the heart and home of local sport,” said Cr Farrell. “I would like to thank Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson for her dedication and contribution towards the project.”

Local sports club respond

OCEAN Grove sporting club representatives got a first-hand look at the new architecture designs of Shell Road Recreation Reserve sports pavillion.

The $5.5 million facility will be home to the Ocean Grove Football and Netball Club, Surfside Waves Soccer Club and Ocean Grove Cricket Club.

Ocean Grove–based councillor Jan Farrell, and Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, unveiled the architectural plans to clubs.

Ms Henderson said the feedback had generally been well received. “I think the process has been a positive one. The City of Greater Geelong provided the final designs to the clubs and each club was given the opportunity to give their feedback,” she said.

“I know the Surfside Waves Soccer Club had one issue with the design and the City of Greater Geelong has responded very positively to that.”

Surfside Waves president Ian Waugh said the club’s concern related to the ‘floor plan’ layout as the sports pavilion did not include a referees’ room on the second level. “We have raised that with council as part of their process,” he said.  “We are more than happy with the overall design and the architecture.”

Ocean Grove Football and Netball Club committee member Phil Emery said there was ‘immense’ upside that the centralised state-of-the-art venue would house superior changeroom facilities. “The facilities will be excellent from a club point of view,” Emery said. “Currently we operate in some of the oldest and most dilapidated change rooms and shower rooms in the whole of the (Bellarine Football) league, so we will have a greatly improved facility there.”

The cricket club’s home will stay at Memorial Recreation Reserve, but Shell Rd will host C and D grade games. Committee member James Nessell said: “One of the benefits of having a pavilion there would be having shade, which we haven’t had. Anything we can get there and improve the facilities is fantastic for us.”

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