Williamstown Cricket Ground

Oval upgrade

Council is redeveloping the existing oval at the Williamstown Cricket Ground.

The upgrade will feature:

  • reconstruction of the central turf cricket wicket
  • installation of underground drainage
  • installation of a new irrigation system including upgraded water supply
  • installation of two new above ground water tanks and small pump shed to be located near the existing curators shed / scoreboard area
  • laying of a new grassed surface
  • installation of a new oval boundary fence

The oval will be closed from late September 2020 while works are undertaken and are anticipated to reopen for public use in May 2021, weather and COVID-19 restrictions permitting.

The Seaview Function Centre, the car park from Battery Road and the public toilets will remain accessible while the works are undertaken.

Cricket practice nets upgrade

In addition to the oval upgrade, Council will be upgrading the existing outdoor cricket practice nets at the Williamstown Cricket Ground. The upgrades are intended to increase safety, compliance to facility standards and usability of the nets.

Works are anticipated to commence in April 2021 following the completion of the oval upgrade and are expected to be completed by July 2021, weather and COVID-19 restrictions permitting.

The upgrade of the cricket practice nets will include:

  • levelling of the sub-base to ensure a consistent and safe playing surface
  • retention of the existing size of the facility, including six synthetic turf and seven natural turf practice lanes
  • inclusion of hard netting for the frame and soft netting between practice lanes to prevent stray balls from escaping the facility
  • inclusion of roof netting compliant with Cricket Australia guidelines

The design of the cricket practice nets is shown via the images below.

The size of the facility will closely match that of the existing cricket practice net enclosure. The steel posts and netting will be black in colour to blend in with the surrounds.

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Image 1: Perspective view of the new cricket facility at facility facing north-west and showing the roof structure.

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Image 2: Perspective view of the new cricket practice net ground level facing north-west. 

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Image 3: Concept Plan showing the new layout for the cricket practice nets at the Williamstown Cricket Ground.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the size of the outdoor cricket practice net structure changing?

The length and width of the new structure will closely match that of the existing facility. The height of the new support posts will be 3.72m, in comparison to the 3m height of the existing black coloured support posts. There will however be no need for the existing white painted roof truss structure (estimated additional height of 500 to 750mm) to remain in place as part of the new facility.

Have all tenant clubs been consulted on the project?

Yes, discussions have been held with tenant clubs.

Will oval users be affected while works are being undertaken?

No, a temporary fence will surround the works zone and regular access around the sports oval at the Williamstown Cricket Ground will be maintained.

Has a planning permit been obtained for the project?

No, a planning permit is not required, however Council has received Marine and Coastal Approval from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Who is funding this project?

This project originated from Council’s Pitch Your Idea budget submission process in the 2019/20 financial year. Council will be funding and managing this project on behalf of the tenant club.

What is the proposed colour of the new structure?

The steel support posts will be black in colour to blend in with the surrounds and to match the colour of the existing fencing at the Williamstown Cricket Ground. The soft netting will also be black. 

Location

Morris St, Williamstown 3016  View Map

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