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Project description

Comely Banks Recreation Reserve is a regional sporting hub being built next to the new Bridgewood Primary School and early years centre in Bridge Road, Officer.

The new reserve will provide a home for existing and future sports that use rectangular pitches including touch rugby and rugby league, as well as cricket and lawn bowls.

The Department of Education and Cardinia Shire Council developed the reserve’s joint master plan to meet the needs of the school as well as future needs of the growing local community. The precinct will be developed in line with this master plan.

The reserve’s car parking areas and access roads have been designed to support school drop-off and pick-up traffic and bus transport.

The pavilion will be available for sporting clubs, user groups and the wider community to use. It will accommodate rugby, AFL, cricket and bowls activities, and will have:
• a social and community space
• kitchen/kiosk
• unisex change rooms for players and umpires
• covered spectator areas
• accessible toilets inside and outside the building.


The pavilion project is jointly funded by Council ($4.088 million) and the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund ($3.5 million).

Progress update

Pavilion construction is complete. Football teams are booked in to use the site in 2022.

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Project Highlights
  • 4 rectangular pitches (for rugby league and touch rugby)
  • a pavilion
  • 2 cricket wickets with provision for AFL
  • cricket practice nets
  • lighting
  • playground
  • open spaces
  • car parking area

Benefits for the community

The reserve will meet the needs of players and spectators of sports that use rectangular pitches and are growing in popularity, including touch rugby and rugby league, as well as cricket and lawn bowls. The multipurpose, shared use pavilion will meet the needs of sporting clubs, community groups and the wider community. Located near the Princes Highway in Officer and surrounded by rapidly growing residential areas, this development will help serve the sport and recreation needs of Cardinia Shire residents into the future.