Skinner Reserve redevelopment underway
Published on 11 October 2021
A $3 million redevelopment at Skinner Reserve in Braybrook is underway with upgrades to the Oval and surrounding facilities to enhance local sporting competitions and activities, and community use of the much-loved sporting and recreational facility in the inner-west.
The Oval itself is getting a brand new high-quality playing surface – comparable to that of the MCG – which will improve year round grass cover and reduce water consumption in the summer months, all while supporting increased community and sporting club use.
Drainage and irrigation systems will be updated to support ground maintenance and four new lighting towers with energy efficient LED light fittings will be erected to improve safety and accessibility – and support night training and activities. A new 500m two-lane running track will also be constructed around the Oval perimeter.
Further improvements to enhance sporting competitions include new visitor and player amenities, including new coach boxes, boundary fencing, goal posts, goal safety netting, spectator seating and an electronic scoreboard – which will double as an outdoor screen for social activities.
The Oval will be out of bounds during these works, but residents and visitors will still be able to use other parts of the reserve. Some sections of the footpath along the north of the oval will be closed with detours posted and signage at each of the entrance points around the site perimeter to support users navigate their way to the open areas of the reserve and the Braybrook Community Hub.
Work is scheduled for completion in April 2022 in time for the incoming winter sporting season. The Western Bulldogs Football Club (WBFC), future tenants of the Reserve, are funding half the costs of the redevelopment works to deliver the high quality turf and facility upgrades to support their training and activities.
Message from the Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke
Skinner Reserve is such a highly valued and accessed facility in Braybrook – and we are pleased to be able to enhance the amenity at the Oval and encourage and support opportunities for social activity and sporting competitions now, and for future generations to come.
Message from Ameet Bains, CEO Western Bulldogs Football Club
It’s an exciting time for the Western Bulldogs and the community of the west to be on the cusp of an important project to upgrade Skinner Reserve. To have access to a high-quality training oval for our men’s and women’s teams, which is close to our home base and has historical significance to our people and fans, is a fantastic outcome. An upgraded Skinner Reserve will also be a winner for everyone. It will allow us to have a much greater presence with our suite of impactful Community Foundation programs, and will provide a multi-use facility for the people of the west to enjoy. We’re proud to be partnering with Maribyrnong City Council to help fund these works.
Photo: City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke, and Western Bulldogs AFLW player Bonnie Toogood at Skinner Reserve.