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New soccer pitch scores goals for participation

A new $2.25 million soccer pitch at the Harvest Home Road Recreation Reserve in Epping is scoring goals both on and off the field.

The FIFA-accredited pitch was officially opened just before Christmas to praise from tenant Whittlesea Ranges Football Club.

The synthetic pitch replaces the original one laid in 2008 that no longer met the needs of either the club or the wider community. The project also featured the installation of improved drainage, fencing and the latest in LED sports lighting technology.

The development also serves as an example of the City of Whittlesea’s commitment to sustainability in its infrastructure projects.

Ninety-five per cent of the old pitch was diverted from landfill and provided to a local builder for use in BMX and equestrian projects.

Furthermore, some 120 tonnes of recycled tyre rubber diverted from landfill was used to create the shock pad layer running under the pitch.

The City of Whittlesea contributed $1.75 million towards the project, while Sport and Recreation Victoria made $500,000 available from its World Game Facilities Fund.

“This top-class facility is a substantial investment that will help attract more people to the sport and encourage residents to lead active, healthy lifestyles,” said Administrator Christian Zahra AM.