• Hannah Phillips

Charlton Park 2020 Bringing Community Together

Victoria's Charlton community is now one step closer to securing their 2020 park project, following a recent $1.5 million investment from the State Government.

The committee behind 'Charlton Park 2020' have been working hard since 2006, to secure funding from the local community and beyond, and bring the integrated community hub at Charlton Park Reserve to life.

Chairman John Harley joined Anita on the Country Viewpoint for the latest update.

Charlton Park Reserve is home to a number of sporting and recreation clubs including football, netball, hockey, cricket, golf and harness racing, as well as the Agricultural and Pastoral Society.

Mr Harley told Flow FM following the huge floods of 2011, the project became more urgent - with existing buildings currently in poor condition, flood-damaged, and no longer meeting the needs of the community.

Charlton Park 2020 comes in at a total cost of $4.2 million, with works planned to consolidate buildings, share resources and improve the layout of the venue.

Works include:

  • Shared sports administration club rooms (AFL football, netball, hockey, tennis, cricket, golf)

  • Regional harness racing administration facilities to support the recently upgraded track

  • Accessible toilets and change rooms

  • A 320m² conference and function facility seating approximately 240 people

  • Agricultural and Pastoral Society administration rooms

The project is expected to increase visitor numbers from 26,000 annually to over 36,000 within five years, according to the State Government.

It will support five construction jobs and is expected to generate 14 additional jobs in the longer term.

Video Source - Charlton Park 2020 Facebook page.

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