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Work set to commence on new change rooms at Harcourt

Artist impression of Harcourt Recreation Reserve change facilities.

Mount Alexander Shire Council will start construction on two new female friendly/gender neutral change rooms and umpire rooms at the Harcourt Recreation Reserve this month.

Friday 12 March 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council will start construction on two new female friendly/gender neutral change rooms and umpire rooms at the Harcourt Recreation Reserve this month.

The new facilities have been designed in consultation with local sports clubs and user groups, and will include toilet cubicles, private showers stalls and umpire facilities.

Cath Olive, Manager Parks, Recreation and Facilities, Mount Alexander Shire Council said the facilities are an exciting step in ensuring more residents have the opportunity to access sporting facilities.

“It’s fantastic that we’re able to provide much needed community infrastructure that allows for more women and girls to get involved in local sport,” said Ms Olive.

“These facilities will not only provide much needed amenity for the women and girls already playing sport at the reserve, but also help to accommodate the growing participation of women in sports traditionally played by men.”

Located at Binghams Road in Harcourt, the reserve is home to the Harcourt Football Netball Club, Harcourt Cricket Club, Harcourt Tennis Club and Harcourt & District Leisure Centre Inc.

“At the moment, there are no change facilities at the site for female participants or umpires,” said Ms Olive.

“Users of the reserve are telling us that the provision of new female-friendly facilities will enable clubs to increase their membership – and that’s fantastic to hear.”

Council is funding the female-friendly change rooms in partnership with the Victorian Government, who provided $372,131 as part of its Local Sports Infrastructure Fund – Female Friendly Facilities.

The Harcourt Football Netball Club and Harcourt & District Leisure Centre Inc. are also contributing to the project.

Council awarded the construction tender to local builder BLR Construction, who will undertake the works, in conjunction with other local traders and suppliers.

“This project is the realisation of the hard work by many Harcourt clubs and user groups over time, and we’re really proud to be able to assist them,” said Ms Olive.

It is anticipated that the new female-friendly change rooms will be open to the sporting groups and ready for use by November 2021, weather permitting.



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