Kostera Oval revamp on track for Kalamunda

John Day and Andrew Waddell at the oval.
John Day and Andrew Waddell at the oval.

THE redevelopment of the Kostera Oval site is expected to be delivered on budget and ahead of the proposed completion date – May 2016.

Shire President Andrew Waddell said the earthworks were nearing completion, with the laying of the turf beginning last week.

“The project is well ahead of schedule – which is fantastic to see and a credit to contractors and staff involved in the redevelopment,” he said.

“The redevelopment has involved re-levelling the existing ovals to maximise the space available for two additional multi-purpose ovals.”

Local young people, including members of the Kalamunda and Districts Junior Football Club, the Kalamunda Cricket Club and Kalamunda Senior High School are set to benefit from the upgrade.

A major benefit will be to produce a senior standard cricket oval separate to the existing football oval.

In addition, two junior-size Auskick ovals will be created towards the Cotherstone Road side of the reserve.

The design also accommodates layouts for other sports such as an athletics track or hockey.

Kalamunda MLA John Day said it was “pleasing to see the substantial progress made in reconstructing the playing fields and the laying of the new turf”.

“The reopening of the oval prior to the 2016 football season will be very welcome to footy players,” he said.

The State Government’s $1 million contribution follows a commitment made before the 2013 election.

Kostera Oval was opened in 1898 for the first agriculture show which included a log chop, competition and horse races.

In 1907, the oval was ploughed and planted with couch grass, ready for cricket and other sports, including a bike track around the outside.