Sporting facilities at Colman Park in Warrandyte South have undergone almost $1.7 million in upgrades, with a collaborative effort by Manningham Council and several sporting and community groups.
There are now extended social rooms, improved storage, player and umpire change rooms, better accessibility and viewing capacity for spectators in all weather. A play space has also been recently installed, with further work planned at the site.
Manningham Council contributed $1.5 million to the refurbishments, while sporting and community groups gave as follows:
- Warrandyte Community Bank - $75,000
- AFL Victoria - $50,000
- Cricket Victoria - $20,000
- Cricket Australia - $20,000
- South Warrandyte Cricket Club - $20,000
- Park Orchards North Ringwood Parish Junior Football Club - $10,000.
Manningham Mayor Cr Andrew Conlon said: “This project represents a fantastic collaborative effort to improve the amenities for football and cricket at Colman Park.”
South Warrandyte Cricket Club President Matt Fasan said: “Before these works, the players didn’t have proper change rooms so they are all fairly impressed.”
Park Orchards North Ringwood Parish Junior Football Club President Ritchie Appleby said: “Having purpose built facilities for both male and female players has made a huge difference - we have gone from 0 female players two years ago to over 150 today.”