Proposed upgrade of Skinner Reserve

A proposal to upgrade Skinner Reserve, Braybrook into a high quality sport and recreation facility for the use of local sports clubs, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, and the general community was endorsed in principle on 8 December 2020 in an Ordinary Council Meeting – pending consultation with the local community.

The Council is interested to understand the community’s thinking on the proposal before any firm commitment is made to proceed.

The proposed upgrade would involve the redevelopment of the existing field to a high quality grass surface, sand-based oval, comparable to the size and scale of Marvel Stadium with renewed local level fence-line and interchange benches; the construction of a two-lane running track inside the fence line, plus lighting to allow local night competition and training; AFL standard goal posts with protective goal netting, and improved spectator amenities and landscaped surrounds.

The improvements, specifically to the quality of the reserve surface, would more than double the amount of time sports clubs are able to use the facility – from the 10-15 hours currently to up to 35 hours per week (in addition to casual use). The Western Bulldogs Football Club would use the space as a second training facility for approximately 12 hours per week over three nights.

Existing tenants have given in principle support to the proposal which would see the Kingsville Cricket Club permanently relocate to nearby Dobson Reserve, which would also be upgraded to support their move. This would include the pavilion, turf wicket, lighting and playing field.

Council will be sharing more information on the proposal over the coming weeks before seeking formal feedback in the New Year with a further report incorporating community feedback to be considered in 2021.

If you have any initial comments about the proposal before the formal feedback period in 2021 please share them below.

A proposal to upgrade Skinner Reserve, Braybrook into a high quality sport and recreation facility for the use of local sports clubs, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, and the general community was endorsed in principle on 8 December 2020 in an Ordinary Council Meeting – pending consultation with the local community.

The Council is interested to understand the community’s thinking on the proposal before any firm commitment is made to proceed.

The proposed upgrade would involve the redevelopment of the existing field to a high quality grass surface, sand-based oval, comparable to the size and scale of Marvel Stadium with renewed local level fence-line and interchange benches; the construction of a two-lane running track inside the fence line, plus lighting to allow local night competition and training; AFL standard goal posts with protective goal netting, and improved spectator amenities and landscaped surrounds.

The improvements, specifically to the quality of the reserve surface, would more than double the amount of time sports clubs are able to use the facility – from the 10-15 hours currently to up to 35 hours per week (in addition to casual use). The Western Bulldogs Football Club would use the space as a second training facility for approximately 12 hours per week over three nights.

Existing tenants have given in principle support to the proposal which would see the Kingsville Cricket Club permanently relocate to nearby Dobson Reserve, which would also be upgraded to support their move. This would include the pavilion, turf wicket, lighting and playing field.

Council will be sharing more information on the proposal over the coming weeks before seeking formal feedback in the New Year with a further report incorporating community feedback to be considered in 2021.

If you have any initial comments about the proposal before the formal feedback period in 2021 please share them below.