Thursday, 18 June 2020
Statements by Members
Chisholm Electorate: Box Hill City Oval
Community facilities such as Box Hill City Oval are incredibly important for local communities. Box Hill City Oval stages eight state and local sporting leagues, with 2,300 players and coaches using the grounds each year. It is also home to the Box Hill Hawks, which were among the first VFL clubs to enter a team in the VFL women's competition in 2017.
The proposed upgrades of the oval will not only provide much-needed sporting infrastructure for players, including women's change rooms and expanding the range of sports that can be played at the grounds; it will also provide new activity spaces which can be used by local community groups and businesses to host events and functions. The redevelopment is expected to be used by up to 256,000 local residents. I have met with Jeff Kennett, President of the Hawthorn Football Club; and Kevin Keaney, Vice President of the Box Hill Hawks, and both of them also recognise the growing needs of the Box Hill City Oval. I will endeavour to work with my local community and fight for the oval's redevelopment.