New facilities open at Bon Thomas Reserve

(L-R) Brimbank councillor Sam David, Sisto Tafunai, Yvette Markakis, Kororoit MP Luba Grigrogrovitch, Brimbank mayor Ranka Rasic, Sara Manu, Sione Manu, Sheryn Licht, and Chris Leivers.

Multi-purpose cricket nets and a walking path are among the new facilities recently added to Deer Park’s Bon Thomas Reserve.

Brimbank mayor Ranka Rasic and Kororoit MP Luba Grigorovitch joined Brimbank councillors, community members and members of the Brimbank Bucks Rugby Club to officially open the new facilities on May 6.

The new facilities also include a car park and oval irrigation.

Councillor Rasic said sporting facilities are an investment in the health and wellbeing of the community.

“Sport and active recreation not only brings people together and builds community cohesion – it also makes us happier and healthier,” she said.

“I look forward to seeing more of our community out there enjoying these fantastic sporting facilities.”

The establishment of a new walking path now allows locals to walk around the whole reserve.

The multi-purpose cricket nets will increase participation for cricket and casual community sport such as soccer and basketball, with plenty of parking in the new car park.

The new pavilion building in the first stage of development was fully funded by council and has given the site the capacity it needed to house community sports clubs.

The upgraded facilities cost about $1.5 million and will ensure the site is accessible to all and improve community use and access to the reserve, council said.

The state government contributed $1 million in funding towards this project as part of the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program round two for 2021. Council also contributed about $500,000 to this project.