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Redeveloped Brighton Oval officially open

Monday 12 April 2021
Three people unveiling a commemorative plaque

More than 18 months after the first sod was turned, the community came out in force to celebrate the official completion and opening of the redeveloped Brighton Oval Sporting Complex.

City of Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson was joined by Federal and State Government representatives - who also contributed millions to the project - to declare the city’s largest sporting precinct officially open.

The $13.7 million redevelopment includes three new purpose-built buildings which serve as clubrooms and community spaces.

The redeveloped Brighton Oval also has new fitness equipment, picnic tables and shelters, an upgraded basketball court and a colourful revamp of the existing skatepark.

Mayor Wilson, Federal member for Boothby Nicolle Flint and State Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard revealed a commemorative plaque in dedication to Gladys Mathwin, after whom a new playspace at the oval has been named.

The former Mayoress, who died in 1968, was involved in many different community organisations, including the Good Neighbour council and the Seacliff Mothers and Babies’ Health Association. Her husband John Mathwin was elected as Mayor five times, during his 14 years' service to council.

Mayor Wilson said she was immensely proud of the completed redevelopment which can be enjoyed by the entire community.

“We’re committed to enhancing the quality of life of our community through investment in enhancing amenities, and this complex is a great example of just that,” Mayor Wilson said.

“It was many years in the planning and there’s no doubt that what we’ve delivered here is something the entire community can be very proud of.

“These buildings and facilities will be enjoyed by generations to come.

“A feature of these wonderful new facilities is the doubling of private and modern change rooms, which will pay an important part in increasing participation, particularly of women and young people, in sport.”

Federal Member for Boothby, Nicolle Flint said:

“I am delighted the $5 million in funding I secured in 2019 has resulted in the delivery of this fantastic new sporting and community complex,” said Ms Flint.

“The Brighton Oval Complex includes new clubrooms for four strong local sporting clubs, has doubled the number of changerooms available and is providing a range of other great spaces for the community.

“By investing in facilities like this we are ensuring young people, and especially women, have the facilities they need to lead active lifestyles, while also providing space for local families.”

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said:

“As the local member, I’m proud to have helped deliver this important project for my community,” said Minister Wingard.

“The transformation at this facility will not only benefit our local sporting clubs but also volunteers, local residents and the wider community.

“The Marshall Government has invested close to $360 million in sport since coming into office to upgrade facilities right across the state from grassroots through to the elite level.”

The community celebration held on Sunday 11 April attracted thousands of people and included lots of come-and-try sports and a Meet the Machines event.

Each of the sports clubs also opened up the clubrooms for the community to enjoy.

The redevelopment of Brighton Oval was funded by the City of Holdfast Bay ($6.7 million), Federal Government ($5 million) and State Government ($2 million).

The Australian Football League contributed $75,000 and Cricket Australia contributed $40,000.

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