Major Investment in Hands Oval Bunbury

8th October 2021

The Federal Government has announced major funding for 5 projects in the South West under Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

In Bunbury $4.4 million has been announced for the redevelopment of Hands Oval, a 50 year old sporting facility to create a new multi-purpose sports venue. The new facility will accommodate year-round sport, recreation and community activities and act as a catalyst to developing the region as a sporting destination, with the facility being an elite-level AFL standard venue.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said this investment will deliver better facilities for the sporting and community groups of Bunbury and the South West with significant project costs injected into the local economy.

“I know how important this upgrade will be for local people to have the facilities for the future. To have a facility in the South West that meets the standards and requirements of regional AFL will allow the hosting of elite-level AFL games.

City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan welcomed the funding saying the announcement was a significant moment not just for sport, but the entire Bunbury community and neighbouring shires.

“Hands Oval is the home of the South West Football League, it’s a regional facility, it’s a public facility and the much-needed redevelopment will have ongoing social and economic benefits into the future,” Mayor Brennan said.

“On behalf of the City of Bunbury and our community, I congratulate City staff who worked hard to obtain funding and thank advocates such as Nola Marino for making this happen.”

Other projects to receive funding in the South West include
• Upgrade and extend the Ngilgi Visitor Experience Centre in Yallingup for the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association.
• The Lost and Found Festival for the Ferguson Valley Marketing Inc
• Expansion of the Perth International Jazz Festival into Busselton on the foreshore.
• The inaugural 10-day Fine Vines Festival in Cowaramup for the Margaret River Wine Association.

“Infrastructure upgrades funded in this latest funding round will ensure the South West remains a great place to live and work, while helping to create local jobs and support important regional industries,” Ms Marino said.

Under Round 5 of the BBRF, the Government has committed almost $300 million to support 295 projects across regional Australia, which will create an estimated 9,900 jobs during the project period.

This latest funding round takes total support through the BBRF to $1.38 billion across nearly 1,300 projects.

For a full list of successful projects, please visit