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Morwell Recreation Reserve’s new netball and cricket pavilion is a step closer to construction,  with a local contractor appointed to undertake the works and construction expected to commence next month.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced $5 million from the Federal Government to upgrade the Morwell reserve, which includes new netball courts and the shared pavilion.

Mr Chester said he was pleased to see the tenders awarded to a local construction company, creating local jobs and a flow-on boost to the local economy.

Traralgon-based Langden Constructions had been awarded the $1.6 million contract to build the shared netball and cricket pavilion.

“I commend the shire for its efforts to appoint local construction companies, firstly with Morwell’s HCM Constructions undertaking the $1.1 million redevelopment of the netball playing surface; and now with Langden Constructions appointed the pavilion contract.

“I understand there is some disruption during the current netball season but the club will end up with some of the best facilities in the region, which will help to attract more people into the sport and make the job of volunteers more enjoyable,” Mr Chester said.

“The new courts will be ready for Morwell Football Netball Club’s first home game of the season on April 28, but the pavilion and player amenities are a larger scale project and are not expected to be finished until the end of this year.”

Mr Chester said the upgrades to Morwell Recreation Reserve are part of a $9 million project that also includes improvements to the Keegan Street Reserve cricket field and the construction of a multi-use synthetic playing surface.

The recreation reserve upgrade is one of many community infrastructure projects being funded by the Federal Government in Latrobe City, along with the Traralgon performing art centre (Latrobe Creative Precinct), Traralgon-Morwell Shared Pathway, Churchill hockey club upgrades and the installation of CCTV cameras in Morwell.

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