Work has officially commenced on upgrades to the Heathfield Oval facilities, with Hon Corey Wingard MP today turning the soil on the site where improvements are to take place.
This regional hub for the south of the Adelaide Hills is receiving a significant change room upgrade, including additional change rooms, accessible toilets and officials rooms, as well as an upper area to accommodate team meetings, fitness, and recovery activities.
The additional change rooms will make it possible for both men's and women's football teams to use the amenities concurrently, as well as providing more equitable amenities for people with special needs.
There will also be much-needed upgrades to the on-site cricket nets to make them compliant with Cricket Australia standards.
"Can I say how wonderful it is that all levels of government have come together to support this project," said Minister Wingard.
"We've put forward a program to collaborate and build the infrastructure that matters and works for the communities we live in...we're really grateful for that partnership."
Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom, who was present at the soil turning along with Josh Teague MP, and Rebekha Sharkie MP, is excited to see this part of the Heathfield Oval Masterplan coming to fruition.
"These improvements will have a significant impact across the district," she said.
"This site has some of the highest levels of sports participation and membership in the region, and the current facilities are struggling to accommodate the 1,000 plus people participating in organised sport each week."
"The new change rooms in particular are imperative to support ongoing female participation at this site," said Mayor Wisdom.
"And with the Senior Mount Lofty Women's Team taking out the Hills Football League Premiership just last weekend, it is clear that there is an appetite for them to do so."
Construction is currently expected to be completed by Christmas 2021.
|Adelaide Hills Council||$675,902|
|Office for Recreation, Sport & Racing||$490,000|
|Mount Lofty Football Club||$70,000 (incl. $30,000 in-kind)|
|Mount Lofty Community & Sports Club||$21,750 (in-kind)|
|Mount Lofty Cricket Club||$3,000|