One of the more significant events in the 141 year history of the club occurred on 11 February.
The long-awaited new training facilities were opened at Toorak Park by Enver Erdogan MLC and the Mayor of the City of Stonnington, Cr Kate Hely.
Comprising 16 full length back-to-back turf wickets plus 3 synthetic wickets, including 2 with full length run ups, the new facilities provide much needed improvements and allow the club to train off the oval for the first time in our long history at Toorak Park.
A new curator's maintenance building, which includes a cricket club equipment storage area, plus pathways, public toilets and landscaping complete the works which are the first stage of implementing the overall master plan for the park.
The new facilities are a testimony to over a decade of hard work by former Club President, and current Community and Infrastructure Manager, Phil Williamson. Phil, along with Bryce McGain and Tim Boyce, has worked tirelessly to obtain the support and funding of the Stonnington Council and State government and it is fantastic to see this effort starting to reap dividends.
The facilities were developed as a partnership between the City of Stonnington and the State government and implemented by contractor 2Construct.
The club wishes to thank all those involved including Council employees past and present including CEO Jacque Weatherill, Cath Harrod, Rick Kwasek, Simon McKenzie-McHargh, James Rouse and their teams.
The project has had strong support from Councillors past and present, our Federal Minister Katie Higgins, our local members from the Lower House in Michael O'Brien, Sam Hibbins, and Upper House members including Georgie Crozier and Nina Taylor.
We also need to acknowledge the support of Grant Poulter, formerly from Cricket Australia and now Chief of Staff for the Minister for Sport, Ros Spence. Thank you so much Grant.
In unveiling the nets, Club President Nigel Parsons announced the committee’s plans to name each of the 19 nets after Prahran Cricket Club members. The first net was named the Sutherland Net, to acknowledge the journey to date of Will and Annabel from East Malvern Tooronga to represent Australia on the field and Heidi for her amazing drive off the field. More to come on this in the future.Now it is time for us to enjoy state of the art facilities, synthetic nets immediately and the full turf facilities from pre season onwards.