AFL And Cricket To Play On Synthetic Surface

AFL And Cricket To Play On Synthetic Surface

Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty

Synthetic Oval Launches A New Era For AFL And Cricket

Victor P Taffa

Melbourne metropolitan football and cricket clubs can now look forward to a bright new era of year-round sport with today’s official opening of Australia’s first ever AFL and Cricket Australia endorsed full-sized synthetic oval at Saltwater Reserve in Point Cook, in Melbourne’s west.

Joining representatives from the AFL, Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria, and Wyndham City Council, the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty officially opened the new synthetic oval, built to handle the toughest conditions.

“In the last few years, both our metropolitan and regional sports ovals have been vulnerable to overuse and climate extremes, including drought and excessive rain.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“The new synthetic oval here in Point Cook provides a more reliable and durable solution to susceptible natural turf pitches.”

“The synthetic surface is designed to stand up to climate extremes and does not require watering. It is also cushioned for maximum safety and comfort, helping to minimise potential impact injuries.”

“That is great news for nearby clubs and associations looking to play and train longer, and attract new players.” Mr. Delahunty said.

The new synthetic oval is situated in the heart of Melbourne’s fastest growing residential area, Wyndham, and is the first of several sports facilities soon to be established at the new Saltwater Reserve sports hub.

Once complete, the new multi-sport Saltwater Reserve precinct will include two natural turf ovals, a synthetic oval, three soccer pitches, two pavilions and a multi-court complex, as well as walking trails, work-out stations and other recreation activities.

“By investing in community sport and recreation hubs we are providing more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to join together either as players, volunteers or supporters, develop new skills and be more active, more often.” Mr. Delahunty said.

The Victorian Government provided $300,000 in funding for the synthetic oval project from the Synthetic Surfaces Program. This is in addition to the combined $320,000 AFL and Cricket Australia contribution, the $20,000 Cricket Victoria contribution and Wyndham City Council’s $1.78 Million contribution.

“Sport plays a vital role in Victorian communities. That is why we are working closely with councils and a range of sports to develop more durable sporting facilities and encourage greater participation by all Victorians in their local clubs.” Mr. Delahunty said