Redevelopment to add more facilities

John Day, Kalamunda Shire officer Daniel Nelson and Shire President Sue Bilich inspect work at Kostera Oval.
John Day, Kalamunda Shire officer Daniel Nelson and Shire President Sue Bilich inspect work at Kostera Oval.

Members of the Kalamunda and Districts Junior Football Club, the Kalamunda Cricket Club and Kalamunda Senior High School are also expected to benefit from the redevelopment of the Kalamunda Shire oval and adjacent land.

Kalamunda Shire President Sue Bilich said the works were well and truly underway, with a lot of activity on site when the earthworks started.

�The redevelopment will involve re-levelling the ovals to maximise the space available for two additional multi-purpose ovals,� Cr Bilich said.

One addition will be the new senior standard cricket oval separate to the existing AFL oval.

Two junior-size Auskick ovals will be created towards the Cotherstone Road side of the Reserve.

The design will accommodate layout for other sports, such as athletic tracks or a hockey pitch.

Preliminary indications are that the stage one bulk earthworks and drainage will be completed this month to allow for spring planting of new turf. Ancillary works to relocate and upgrade existing infrastructure, such as the cricket practise nets, reticulation infrastructure and oval drainage, will also be introduced.

The Shire plans to re-|profile three ovals into a single grade, similarly upgrading the drainage, reticulation and turf quality of the new multi-use surface and installing a top quality turf cricket pitch that does not impede on the winter sports field.

�We plan to reduce wear and tear and increase the number of fields and provide a viable high quality facility,� Cr Bilich said.

Kalamunda MLA John Day said he was very pleased to see the redevelopment start.

�The need for the project has been recognised for some years,� he said.

�The improvements to the playing surfaces and drainage will be welcomed by the many users of the oval.�

The State Government has contributed $1 million to the upgrade.

Kostera Oval is used by more than 200 cricketers and 440 junior footballers and the Kalamunda Show.

It is also an outdoor classroom for the Kalamunda Senior High School and an emergency evacuation muster point.