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Tenders to upgrade the netball courts and build a shared sports pavilion at Morwell Recreation Reserve will close Thursday, January 25.

It follows months of detailed planning for the two projects, both of which are funded by the Federal Government’s $5 million commitment to the Morwell Recreation Reserve upgrade.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the closing of the two tenders was an important milestone.

“When finished, there will be two outdoor netball courts compliant with Netball Victoria guidelines, plus lighting, player boxes and a grandstand for spectators. The project also involves access roads and car parking,” Mr Chester said.

“The second tender is for the construction of a sports pavilion and change rooms to be shared by the Morwell Football Netball Club and the Morwell Cricket Club. The new pavilion will overlook the Keegan Street Reserve.

”We need to ensure our facilities keep up with modern standards, so we can continue to attract more people to grassroots sport. This helps people to improve their health and wellbeing and stay engaged with their local community.”

Latrobe City Council mayor Councillor Darrell White said Council met with potential tenderers at the reserve recently to answer questions.

“Council has been working closely with representatives from the Morwell Football Netball Club and Morwell Cricket Club to fine-tune the designs for the upgrade of the netball courts and the shared pavilion,” Cr White said.

“We are planning to have the netball courts completed in April in time for the 2018 season. The design and construction process for the pavilion will take a little longer and should be finished in the second half of this year.

“When it’s finished, the Morwell Recreation Reserve will be a valuable asset for Latrobe Valley and the wider community. This is a great response to the continual growth in the sporting sector we are experiencing.”

The Federal Government has contributed $5 million to the Morwell Recreation Reserve upgrades, which also includes improvements to the Keegan Street Reserve cricket field and the construction of a multi-use synthetic playing surface. This is part of a wider $9 million upgrade jointly funded with the Victorian Government.

The recreation reserve upgrade is among a number of significant Federal Government infrastructure investments in Latrobe City, including the Traralgon-Morwell Shared Pathway and the Latrobe Creative Precinct in Traralgon.

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