Melba Oval Pavilion Upgrades to Enhance Community Sport Experience

ACT, Australia


The ACT Government has announced a $680,000 investment to upgrade the Melba Neighbourhood Oval pavilion, aiming to enhance the sporting experience for both players and spectators. Minister for Sport and Recreation, Yvette Berry, shared that the upgrades will include heating and privacy screens at the entry to changing rooms, upgraded security lighting, and a series of female-friendly refurbishments.

Additional improvements to the pavilion include mirrors, vanities, and shelving for personal items; individual toilet cubicles; a dedicated accessible toilet with a foldaway baby change table; and non-slip flooring. The initiative has been welcomed by local sports clubs, such as the Belconnen United Sharks Junior Rugby League Club and Cricket ACT.

Upgrades also cater to spectators with three new public toilets, a water refill station, bike racks, and a new canteen featuring a digital art wrap showcasing iconic Canberra images. A barbeque area is also available for groups to cook traditional fundraiser brunches and lunches.

The Melba Oval upgrades follow similar improvements made to the Hackett Neighbourhood Oval pavilion and are part of the ACT Government’s commitment to community sport. Sports that will use the oval include rugby league, touch football, soccer, and cricket. These enhancements aim to create a more welcoming, inclusive, and comfortable environment for everyone in the community.