Sports Big Score in Olinda

Pictured: Councillor Andrew Fullagar (middle) and State Member for Monbulk Daniela De Martino (second from right) with representatives from Hilltop Association, Olinda Ferny Creek Football Netball Club and Cricket Club. Picture: SUPPLIED

Olinda sporting clubs and the broader community can enjoy a new netball court, cricket training facilities, oval, playspace and more thanks to the completion of the government backed Olinda Recreation Reserve makeover.

Member for Monbulk Daniela De Martino today joined Parks Victoria and Yarra Ranges Shire Council to officially launch the new look Olinda Sport Precinct, made possible by $7.6 million from the Victorian Government.

Home to the Olinda Ferny Creek Football Netball Club, Sassafras Ferny Creek Netball Club and Olinda Cricket Club, the new developments are a boon for local sport providing a competition ready venue to help cater for growing demand.

The project involved upgrades to the existing netball court lighting, a new netball court, installation of LED court lighting and shelter, behind-goal netting on the oval and a four-wicket cricket training facility.

“The new facilities will ensure clubs like Olinda Ferny Creek Football Netball Club, Sassafras Ferny Creek Netball Club and Olinda Cricket Club can continue to be the lifeblood of the community,” said Ms De Martino.

“Better facilities mean more participation, and greater opportunities for Victorians to experience everything community sport has to offer,” she said.

These new facilities complement completed upgrades to the Olinda sporting oval and nature based playscape with picnic facilities, that were delivered under the Olinda Precinct Plan.

The facilities were delivered by Parks Victoria in partnership with Sport and Recreation Victoria, on behalf of the Olinda community.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence said the new courts, oval, cricket nets and more will provide even more reason for locals to come and join in the fun at this exciting new outdoor precinct.

The Government has invested more than $1.9 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure over the past decade.

The Victorian Budget 2024/25 is also investing more than $23 million to continue delivery of community sports infrastructure and initiatives that boost participation and inclusion in local sports clubs.

Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos said that community sport just wouldn’t happen without our local parks and reserves.

“These new facilities in Olinda provide even more reason for communities to come together, connect and celebrate the big wins at their local clubs,” he said.

For more information about projects at the Olinda Recreation Reserve visit