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Detailed planning is underway on the upgrades to Morwell Recreation Reserve.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the local sporting community was eager to see progress made, after the Australian and Victorian governments allocated funding for more than $9 million worth of improvements.

“The Morwell Recreation Reserve upgrades will deliver first-class standards for hundreds of locals who play football, netball, cricket and croquet in Morwell,” Mr Chester said.

“Representatives from the Morwell Football Netball Club and Morwell Cricket Club have been working with council to fine-tune the designs for the upgrade of the netball courts and shared pavilion.

“The council has advised me it is aiming to have the courts ready for the 2018 season.”

Concept designs have been developed and will soon be sent to tender for construction.

The Federal Government has contributed $5 million to the Morwell Recreation Reserve upgrades, which will also include an upgrade of the Keegan Street Reserve cricket field, the new sports pavilion, and multi-use synthetic playing surface.

Mr Chester said the recreation reserve upgrade was among a series of significant Federal Government infrastructure investments in Latrobe City.

“Latrobe City is a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Mr Chester said.

“We need to ensure our infrastructure keeps up with modern standards so we can continue to attract more people to grassroots sport and stay engaged with their local community.”

The Federal Government is also investing in the Traralgon-Morwell Shared Pathway, which is under construction, and the Latrobe Creative Precinct in Traralgon.

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