SHIRE of Serpentine Jarrahdale athletes have a bright future after the State Government pledged $1 million towards the redevelopment of Briggs Park.
The Shire has secured a grant to kick-start stage 1 of a $3.9 million transformation of the Byford sporting precinct.
The money will be used to improve drainage and install floodlights, as existing infrastructure presents issues for teams during winter and does not allow both ovals to be used to capacity.
Stage 1 is expected to commence in the second half of 2018 and includes the installation of sub-soil drainage to the lower oval, new turf and reticulation and high-level flood lighting to both fields.
Shire President Michelle Rich said a rejuvenated Briggs Park would provide its current occupants – Byford Bushrangers Teeball Club, Mundijong Centrals Junior Football Club and Serpentine Jarrahdale Cricket Club – with more room to grow.
“The current facility at Briggs Park is already at capacity and requires significant upgrades to meet the needs of the clubs based there,” she said.
“Between them, these clubs have over 1000 members and unfortunately some teams have had to play games at other venues due to the current limitations.
“We see this project as one of tremendous social importance and something that will provide local sporting teams with not only a new home, but also new opportunities.”