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Where will home be for Hawks?

Mortimer Oval at Drysdale. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

DRYSDALE will explore whether a much-needed upgrade of facilities at its spiritual home at Mortimer Oval is feasible before considering a move to the town’s Sports Precinct (DSP).

The City of Greater Geelong has endorsed a master plan for the Grubb Road venue, which will see a pavilion with a social space, female-friendly changeroom facilities, and two netball courts constructed in coming years to complement the already constructed oval.

The Hawks currently use the DSP for underage games and senior practice matches.

“We discussed our situation with Council at last year’s Annual General Meeting,” president David Walder said.

“There was a vote put to our members, of which there was about 100 there, and it was unanimous among the members that if it was possible, they would like to stay at Mortimer Oval.

“As a committee, we’re exploring whether that’s possible.

“There will always be footy at Mortimer Oval, but the facilities are certainly ageing and not up to the current requirements.”

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Drysdale has previously investigated a redevelopment at Mortimer Oval, with the shell of the social rooms constructed in the first half of last century, and the brick changerooms built in the mid-1980s.

However, a Cultural Heritage Management Plan is in place at Drysdale Recreation Reserve, which may continue to be a stumbling block for the Hawks.

“The social rooms have been extended a few times, but they’re fairly aged,” Walder said.

“But also the facility, in terms of what’s required around women’s football, isn’t adequate at the moment.

“We’re looking to try and upgrade that to a certain point, but there are limitations based on the current design.”

Walder says no dollar figure has been put on what a redevelopment at Mortimer Oval would cost.

“We’re nowhere near there; we’re back at square one just to establish whether it’s feasible,” he said.

“Once we get there, then we’ll jump the next hurdle.”

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