Road funding detailed in Tierney's Walter Oval announcement visit

Wesley CBC cricket club secretary Jeremy Gillies, Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney, Warrnambool City Council mayor Kylie Gaston and WDCA president Gordon McLeod celebrate the news of $100,000 funding for Walter Oval. Picture: Amy Paton

Wesley CBC cricket club secretary Jeremy Gillies, Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney, Warrnambool City Council mayor Kylie Gaston and WDCA president Gordon McLeod celebrate the news of $100,000 funding for Walter Oval. Picture: Amy Paton

THE specifics of previously announced road funding have been detailed during a visit from member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney.

Ms Tierney also delivered funding for two south-west cricket ovals during a busy trip to the south-west.

In November, the state and federal governments announced $40 million for the Princes Highway between Colac and the South Australian border, $40 million for freight routes in the Green Triangle region, $50 million for the Great Ocean Road, and $10 million for safety upgrades on the Hamilton Highway between Geelong and Cressy.

Yesterday during a visit to Pomborneit, Ms Tierney detailed that the money for the Princes Highway and Green Triangle works will go towards rebuilding sections of road, resurfacing, new overtaking lanes, intersection improvements, shoulder sealing, new signage and line marking.

This will happen on:

  • Princes Highway between Terang and Boorcan
  • Princes Highway between Heywood and Dartmoor
  • Princes Highway near Port Fairy
  • Henty Highway north of Heywood
  • Portland Ring Road (Henty Highway)
  • Portland-Nelson Road
  • Portland-Casterton Road

The funding is from the state and federal governments Victorian Infrastructure Package, which was set up in place of the abandoned Melbourne East-West Link.

Ms Tierney also used her visit to announce a $100,000 grant for the Walter Oval and $30,000 for the Pomborneit Recreation Reserve to upgrade irrigation systems.

Ms Tierney said the new systems would be more water efficient and less time consuming for sporting club volunteers.

Warrnambool & District Cricket Association president Gordon McLeod said improving ovals in Warrnambool was a great benefit to 54 junior teams, 10 girls teams and 26 senior teams playing in the WDCA.

Warrnambool City Council also contributed $120,000 to the Walter Oval upgrade.

The council’s recreation & youth services manager Kim White said Walter Oval was one of 12 sporting grounds in the city due for upgrades, with works already completed at the Brierly Oval. 

She said the new irrigation system involved a smartphone system that protects against over-watering and under-watering, and could be activated with the touch of a button. 

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