Buninyong Community Facility and Reserve

Location: Corner of Forest and Cornish Streets, Buninyong
Contact: Kate Gordon 0431 172 551

Buninyong Community Facility and Reserve

The facility consists of the Buninyong Community Reserve football/cricket ground, netball courts and adjoining club rooms and meeting rooms.

The clubrooms are home to the Buninyong Football/Netball Club and the Buninyong Cricket Club.

A large open area is used for Playgroups and exercise classes.

Buninyong Community Facility interior Buninyong Community Facility interior

The facilities, with meeting rooms, kitchen and bar are available for hire. Contact: Kate Gordon 0431 172 551.

Brief History of the Buninyong Community Facility and Reserve

1857: Buninyong's original Recreation Reserve was gazetted, in the area now occupied by the Golf Course. It included a racecourse, rifle range, football and cricket ground.

1928: The last recorded race meeting was held. Part of the old grandstand was moved to White Flat Oval in Ballarat.

1930-1970: Football and cricket were played at Royal Park; tennis on various church courts; netball at the Buninyong Primary School. A new combined Recreation Reserve on land adjacent to the former railway station was proposed and supported by the Shire Council and sporting community.

1976: Buninyong Swimming Pool and new tennis courts were opened in Forest Street.

1986: The former Buninyong Shire Council, with lobbying from the Leisure Centre Committee, received State Government funding to acquire private land plus an adjoining 5 acres of Crown Land for a future Oval and Leisure Centre.

1988: The Buninyong Shire Council received further government assistance to build a Soccer Oval to the north of the tennis courts and commence drainage works and the construction of an oval.

1989: The project was deferred due to construction difficulties and lack of money.

1997-2004: The Buninyong Football Netball Club kept the project alive by running successful raffles and continuing to push for improved Oval and facilities

2004: Lobbying for funding succeeded and work recommenced to complete the new oval and Community Facility.

October 2006: The premier of Victoria, the Hon. Steve Bracks MP, officially opened the Buninyong Community Facility.

Information: Buninyong Leisure Centre Committee