With the start of the cricket season imminent, work is underway to install new cricket nets at the Marty Busch Recreation Reserve in Sebastopol.
The new nets consist of four runways - including one specifically for wicket keeping. They are being installed as part of the draft Marty Busch Recreation Reserve Master Plan, which is yet to be adopted by Council, but provides some agreed direction for the Reserve's ongoing development.
The City of Ballarat has allocated $255,958 for upgrades to the Reserve this financial year, to meet the cost of replacing the nets and upgrades to the main pavilion, to provide improved access.
The new nets will cost approximately $80,000 with the Napoleons Sebastopol Cricket Club contributing $10,000 to meet the cost of removing the old nets.
South Ward Councillor Des Hudson said Council was pleased to work with the Napoleons Sebastopol Cricket Club to deliver the upgrades.
"Partnerships like this one are important. It's good to see sporting clubs which are prepared to make an investment in their own facilities," Cr Hudson said.
"I started my own cricket career at this ground and know how important a good local facility is for fostering young talent, and getting more people involved in some form of team sport or physical activity.
"The concrete has been poured, fencing is nearing completion and the final stage of the work will see the club and the contractor work together to lay carpets. The nets should be ready for use by October first."
The old nets area now houses a new play space which was opened earlier this year.