The mighty Barwon Heads ‘Seagulls’ are set to soar to new heights in 2017 thanks to a revamp of their football oval and netball courts at the Howard Hammer Oval precinct.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville joined the festivities during the club’s round three clash against rivals Geelong Amateurs to officially open the $416,000 redevelopment.

Record numbers of people in Barwon Heads, boys and girls, men and women, are signing up to play football and netball, and they deserve modern, safe and inclusive facilities, closer to home.

The Andrews Labor Government delivered $225,000 to upgrade the facilities so the Seagulls can grow their ranks and more people – of all ages and abilities – can play the sports they love.

Footballers can now take the big marks on an oval with a new all-weather, more durable and safer grass surface, while netballers have a competition standard, cushioned court surface to make the big plays.

Netballers will also enjoy new shelters to accommodate players, officials and spectators, as well as a purpose-built facility including meeting rooms, a storage room and undercover court side seating.

The funding is from the Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, which is helping clubs update tired old grounds and ageing clubrooms.

The fund includes $10 million for Female-Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training.

This is one of the biggest ever investments in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“From the kids in Auskick to the A Grade netballers, everyone who call this club home now have the facilities they can be proud of.” 

“This upgrade means the Seagulls finally have the room to grow and welcome more members than ever before.”

“Football and netball are booming and projects like this one will give more locals the opportunity to get involved and play the sport they love.”