Why are we upgrading and how is it being funded?

    Alexandra Park is a key multi-purpose venue in the Glenelg Shire. It is the only recreation reserve in Portland which is home to senior football and netball, junior football and netball and senior and junior cricket clubs, as well as Portland BMX.

    In 2019, Council endorsed a key strategic document - the Alexandra Park Master Plan, which outlined a vision to upgrade the precinct by improving amenities, enhancing liveability and providing universal access to the reserve.

    Through ongoing advocacy from both Council and the community, Council has been successful in securing funding to bring the vision of the Alexandra Park Master Plan to life.

    The project is being funded through three streams:

    $3.2 million from Sports and Recreation Victoria,

    $350,000 from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program

    $1 million will be committed from Council.

    Consultation was undertaken with relevant clubs and user groups to finalise the design and colour choices. 

    What are the upgrades?

    The funding will provide a new multi-purpose pavilion, lighting, electronic scoreboard, car parking upgrades, accessibility improvements to enhance all abilities access, and new kitchen and female friendly changeroom facilities.

    Who will benefit from this?

    The entire community will be able to enjoy the benefits of the upgrades at Alexandra Park. 

    The new Alexandra Park pavilion will be a community-based facility and access will be given to the wider community as well as the current user groups. Current user groups, including senior and junior football and netball, senior and junior cricket, BMX and school users who have been involved in the consultation process, will benefit from the new building through their regular lease agreements. However, the broader community (including other community user groups) will also be able to use the facility. The design is intended to create a facility that offers state of the art accessibility to better cater for people with disabilities within our region.

    It is anticipated that the pavilion will be a key venue for the upcoming tri-state games and a hub for sport and recreation across the shire.

    Can the existing pavilion still be used throughout the upgrade?

    No, the existing pavilion will not be able to be accessed throughout the upgrade.

    Engagement will be undertaken to ensure the affected clubs and user groups will have access to alternative facilities to best minimise the impacts to their season during construction. 

    When will works commence?

    Construction will commence in June 2022, with project to be completed in April/May 2023.