Kicking goals with new Grenville Oval

1 August 2017

A new oval in the north of Torquay will cater for one of the fastest growing areas in the Surf Coast Shire, and support Council’s goal of a community where everyone can participate.

Grenville Oval was officially opened Tuesday 1 August by Mayor Brian McKiterick and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens. The senior size oval features a 111-bay car park and lighting that is suitable to stage semi-professional night games.

The oval completes the Australian rules facilities in the Community and Civic Precinct – an area that can be used for various activities by people of all ages.

“With Torquay being a growth area, we know that clubs are overflowing with junior players,” Cr McKiterick said.

“We’re pleased that Grenville Oval will be a breeding ground for our future female and male stars in football, cricket, soccer, touch football and hockey.

“We’re also delighted it will cater for senior players, highlighted by it having the ability to host night matches for semi-professional games, such as VFL.”

Around 500 juniors from Torquay Tigers and Surf Coast Suns will play and train on the new oval, while it will enable Torquay Hockey Club to expand.

The total project cost of the facility was more than $3.2 million. Council’s $2.8 million contribution was supported by $400,000 from the Victorian Government.

Cr McKiterick said it was fantastic to see the Community and Civic Precinct strengthened by major projects.

“The oval is the latest addition to the area following the opening of Djila Tjarri Skate and Play Space last September,” he said.

“Early next year we’ll be opening Kurambee Myaring Community Centre – a space that caters for people of all ages and abilities.

“It all demonstrates our commitment to ensuring infrastructure is in place that will meet the needs of our growing communities.”