WHILE it may have been in use for some time beforehand, the Northern Oval was officially opened in a ceremony last month.
This means Kyabram has earned the title of having the largest recreation reserve project in the Campaspe Shire, as the cost of the completed works totals $2 million.
Sporting groups and the Northern Oval Committee of Management were able to contribute $115,000 to the project, adding to the $650,000 contributed by the State Government and Campaspe Shire chipping in for the remaining balance.
Shire councillors, local sporting team representatives and the Fire Brigade Mini Flames team were there on the night to officially launch the facilities’ redevelopment.
“After all these years of work it’s terrific to be able to celebrate the official opening of the recreation reserve,” Campaspe Shire mayor Adrian Weston said.
“To date this is the largest redevelopment project in our shire and it’s great to have the Mini Flames down here tonight showing us their skills.”
A key factor to the development was the hours contributed by volunteers on the committee of management, seeing the project through from the initial feasibility studies to the official opening.
“This is a great day for the committee of management but it’s even better for the people of Kyabram. This facility is something everyone can be proud of,” Committee treasurer and vice president Brent Sutton said.
“It’ll last us for years and provide a great base for our senior players and junior sports participants to develop their skills.”
Mr Sutton also took the time to acknowledge the support of various Kyabram groups, the Shire of Campaspe staff and councillors who helped contribute to the project.
“Without the assistance of user groups as well as the support of their presidents, committees and representatives on our committee of management, this project would not have occurred,” he said.
“Our new committee president, Jarrod Gale, has continued on where John Elborough left off, committing hours to the cause.”
Elborough, the committee’s former president of 15 years, was a key driver to getting the project underway, working tirelessly to get the initial start of the project and overseeing the redevelopment before moving away from the area two years ago.
“Lisa Ratcliffe has also put in countless hours of work coordinating all parties involved, documenting information required for the redevelopment and compiling user group requests for the project,” Mr Sutton said.
“We also have to thank the Campaspe Shire staff, the project manager Gary Biddle as well as sports and recreation manager Brett Flavell for their support and management of the project.”