Weather playing havoc with oval surface

– City of Ballarat Community Development Director Neville Ivey

We are in ongoing talks with local sports clubs about their capital works priorities.

As part of these discussions, Learmonth FNC has previously told us that lighting upgrades and extra netball facilities were the club’s main priorities.

The Learmonth ground is also scheduled to have its change facilities upgraded to female friendly change rooms.

The works are part of a $45 million investment in recreation facilities across all sports in Ballarat in the next two years.

Although we have not had a request from the club to date around the playing surface, what would normally have been a good surface has this year, has through heavy rain and use become less than ideal.

Given its poor recent performance, we will give consideration to re-prioritising playing surface works.


The City of Ballarat is upgrading local sporting and community facilities for players, officials and supporters.

26 sporting projects are being delivered at 20 locations through CSILS, all leveraged from Council’s core sports capital budget of $9 million

$45 million is being invested over two years, including $22.6 million in externally generated funding including $10 million through the Victorian Government Community Sports Infrastructure Loan Scheme (CSILS).

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