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New Playing Fields Complete at Koorana Reserve

Date25 November 2021

The City of Rockingham’s upgrades at Koorana Reserve have hit a major milestone, with the new playing fields at the top of the reserve now complete. 

Upgrades at Koorana Reserve began in April 2021, with the project set to deliver more sporting opportunities for people in Warnbro and surrounding areas. 

A key element of the project is the installation of an additional two hectares of playing space, which will provide two new soccer fields for use in winter, and one cricket oval in summer. This new playing space is now finished, with the next stage of works focusing on resurfacing the original oval on site, along with continuing with the upgrade to the clubrooms.

A $5 million project, the upgrades at Koorana Reserve also include a major refurbishment of the existing clubrooms, expansion of cricket practice nets, upgrades to reticulation, the installation of new sports floodlighting and a new car park. 

City of Rockingham Mayor Deb Hamblin said the upgrades were guided by the Koorana Reserve Master Plan. 

“Planning for future generations is a key aspiration for the City and the upgrades at Koorana Reserve will ensure that Port Kennedy Soccer Club and the Hillman Hornets Cricket Club can continue to grow into the future,” Mayor Hamblin said. 

Community sport plays an integral part in improving physical and mental health outcomes for participants, and the upgrades at Koorana Reserve will ensure that the facilities are suitable for athletes of all genders, ages and backgrounds.

Port Kennedy Soccer Club President, Radmila Popovic, said the upgrades were “absolutely huge” for the club. 

“In 2021 we finished with 510 members, and we have already allocated another six extra teams for next season (2022),” Ms Popovic said. 

“The grounds for the juniors is going to be a real game changer for us. The lighting facilities down on the main pitch are going to enable us to host night games, which for the senior players, will be a dream come true.” 

Meanwhile, Hillman Hornets Cricket Club President Carl Sanders said the club was excitedly looking forward to moving into its new premises once the project was complete. 

“We are close to 200 members but are growing rapidly. We just can’t grow any further where we are currently,” Mr Sanders said.

“Juniors are excelling at the club along with women and girls cricket. The seniors are growing dramatically as well so things are really happening.”     

The City gratefully acknowledges funding support received for the project from the State Government, which is a major supporter of community sport and recreation facilities in Western Australia, through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. 

The City also gratefully acknowledges funding contributions from the WACA and Cricket Australia through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund. In addition, the City wishes to thank the Australian Government for its support through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.  

The project is expected to be completed by April 2022. 

Image: City of Rockingham Mayor Deb Hamblin, with Hillman Hornets Cricket Club President Carl Sanders, and Port Kennedy Soccer Club President Radmila Popovic at the new Koorana Reserve playing fields. Picture: City of Rockingham.   
 

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