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Local cricketers will enjoy improved facilities with the completion of works at Keegan Street Reserve, in Morwell.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester officially opened the facility today, which is part of the Morwell Recreation Reserve Precinct redevelopment.

“The redevelopment includes four natural turf wickets, one synthetic wicket, improvement of irrigation and construction of new training nets,” Mr Chester said.

“These upgrades provide local cricketers, including members of the Morwell Cricket Club, with an accessible and high-quality facility to play and train at and host other local clubs.

“Improving community sporting infrastructure not only benefits local sportspeople but creates opportunities for larger scale sporting events and teams to visit our region and use the facilities.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $757,000 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to Gippsland.

“In addition to supporting football and netball events, this upgrade will deliver first-class cricketing infrastructure to the region,” Mr McCormack said.

“Local sport is a key pillar of our regional communities and this is why it is always an honour to help local, grassroots clubs develop and improve their facilities.”

Latrobe City Mayor Sharon Gibson said that the completed works were a welcome upgrade.

“The Keegan Street Reserve upgrade is the icing on the cake for the Morwell Recreation Reserve redevelopment, which has enhanced the precinct’s clout as a leading multisport centre for regional Victoria and massively improved amenities for local users.

“The Federal and State Government have listened to our local sporting clubs and pulled through to make sure this project was delivered for the benefit of all across Latrobe City and beyond.”

The Federal Government committed $757,000 funding to the Keegan Street Oval redevelopment. This project ss part of the $9 million Morwell Recreation Reserve Precinct redevelopment, the Federal Government committed $5 million to this project and the State Government committed $4 million.

Latrobe City Council administered the project.

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