Thompson Reserve open for more action


Thompson Reserve in Inverloch will be suited for sports all year round thanks to the installation of a new drainage system.

The $130,000 project was a community effort funded by a Sports and Recreation Victoria grant for $75,500 received by Council in 2013, as well as contributions from Council, Bendigo Community Bank Inverloch, Inverloch Stars Soccer Club and Inverloch Cricket Club.

Townsend Ward Councillor, Jordan Crugnale, said the works involved improving the drainage of the oval, upgrading the water main and some basic irrigation works.

“These works were undertaken earlier this year and with the works now complete, the ground is recovering as grass re-establishes itself over the drainage lines,” Cr Crugnale said.

“This project will enable the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club to use the oval for games in winter next year, with the ground not suitable for winter sports in the past due to the lack of drainage, and will also increase the use of the ground over summer by the Inverloch Cricket Club.”

The Bendigo Community Bank Inverloch Director and Deputy Chairman, Max Warlow, and Director and Executive Assistant, Sam Moyle, said the Bank was thrilled to have supported such an important community facility. The Bank applied for the a $20,000 grant through the Bendigo Community Enterprise and contributed the additional $13,000.

“The $33,000 sponsorship was for the drainage for this community facility and this ground is notorious for being unuseable in winter. The drainage is a fantastic improvement to the facility,” Mr Warlow said.

Inverloch Stars Soccer Club President, Pat Gilbert, is delighted with the prospect that the drainage project brings the club.

“It means that winter sport can now be played at Thompson Reserve with soccer being the winter user,” Mr Gilbert said.

“Our club is growing at a rapid rate and being able to establish our home in Inverloch will provide a great platform for the future. Inverloch Bendigo Bank’s generous contribution has created the basis for our long-term sponsorship arrangement which will bring great benefit for the club and the community.”

Inverloch Cricket Club President, Bill Aikens, thanked the Bendigo Bank for its generous support and was happy to have partnered with the Soccer Club.

“These days, to do anything to attract any funding it has to be a joint ground, so it’s good to have the soccer club on board and means the ground is used 12 months of the year,” Mr Aikens said.