Here’s your first glimpse into the $11.75 million redevelopment which is transforming the Chirnside Park Hub into a state-of-the-art sports facility.
Work on the project began in September 2016 and is due to finish on March 14.
The redevelopment has been funded by Wyndham council, the Werribee Football Club, the AFL, AFL Victoria, the state government and the federal government.
Wyndham mayor Peter Maynard said the new hub included a pavilion, facilities for women’s football, a new grandstand, a commercial kitchen and kiosk, a multi-purpose social meeting room, community spaces and improved car parking.
“The North Melbourne Football Club will be able to deliver programs from this new facility with The Huddle, while it will also be a base for AFL and cricket pathway programs and … host finals and other major sporting events,” Cr Maynard said.
“I’m sure the Werribee Football Club and the Werribee Cricket Club will be proud to call Chirnside Park home, while it will also serve as a fantastic hub for the entire community in the heart of Werribee.”
Werribee Football Club chief executive Mark Penaluna said the new building was about 2200 square metres, almost double the size of the former building.
“It’s now much more family-friendly and player-friendly,” he said.
Mr Penaluna said the new facilities were among the best in the VFL and included gymnasiums, spa facilities, a warm-up area, doctors’ rooms, training rooms, a coaches’ address room, showers and lockers.
The walls have been painted in the Werribee FC colours.
The front of the pavilion has 498 seats overlooking the oval.
A function room, which can seat 180 people, will be available for community use and event hire.
On March 24, Werribee will play Essendon in a practice game at the new hub.
Three TAC Cup women’s matches will be held on March 25 and the VFL men’s and women’s season launch will be hosted at the ground on March 28.
The first VFL game at the new hub will be held on April 14, when Werribee plays Casey.