Bacchus Marsh Racecourse and Recreation Reserve

State-of-the-art facilities to support the diverse sport and recreation activities of local clubs and Moorabool Shire community. 

The Bacchus Marsh Racecourse and Recreation Reserve is ideally located to establish an active sports precinct to cater for the growth and future active sports requirements of the town. The project will be delivered in three stages.

Moorabool Regional Community Sports Hub in late 2019  Sports Pavilion
Full Precinct (Late 2019) and Sports Pavillion

Stage 1

Moorabool Shire Council is pleased to announce that the Stage 1 of the Bacchus Marsh Racecourse and Recreation Reserve is anticipated to be completed prior to June 2021.  

How much will the project cost?

Stage one of the project will cost approximately $9.1 million. Council is advocating for funding to deliver the remaining project stages. 

Has the community been consulted on this project?

Yes, Council met with user groups to share the draft Master Plan, and their feedback was taken into consideration by the project team. Key points from each user group are outlined in the Master Plan under the ‘Existing Users’ section.

During the detailed design process, the project team has sought and incorporated user group feedback where possible. 

Where is the project located?

The project is located at the Bacchus Marsh Racecourse and Recreation Reserve, in Maddingley. Maddingley is a suburb of the Bacchus Marsh township, located approximately 45km from Melbourne’s CBD. 

How long will the project take to deliver?

It is anticipated that Stage 1 of the project will be completed by the end of March 2021. The timing of the other project stages is subject to future funding.

Where can I find out more about the tender process?

For all enquiries regarding the tender process please contact 

Is it still possible to access the reserve?

Access to the reserve is not restricted however, construction works for stage 1 facilities are still in progress. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to check the works notifications below for the dates and times of any upcoming restrictions.  

An alternative access point to the reserve has been created on Bacchus Marsh-Balliang Road (opposite Rutherford Court).  This provides access to the northern section of the reserve, campdrafting and Pony Club facilities.

Are all construction works on the reserve being overseeing by Council? 

The Harness Club track extension was completed in January 2020 and was funded by Council and Harness Racing Victoria with project management completed by Harness Racing Victoria. For all enquiries regarding the Harness Club, please contact them directly.

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Oval Lighting and Entrance road

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Pony club arena

The following construction activities have been completed: 

  • bulk earthworks
  • a new BMX track
  • a new multipurpose oval/field (not yet ready for use)
  • a new equestrian cross-country course
  • the establishment of dressage arenas
  • a new sports pavilion
  • a new cricket practice nets (not yet ready for use)
  • a new playground (not yet ready for use)
  • civil works and site services including:
  1. Reticulated water supply (1000m)
  2. Reticulated sewer mains connected to Rutherford Court (1000m)
  3. Site drainage works
  4. Electrical substation, upgrades and reticulation to site
  5. Car park lighting
  6. Sports lighting to the oval (100 lux)
  7. Equestrian sand arena and joint equestrian/camp draft sand arena

Download works notifications for this project: Works Alert –November 2020(PDF, 156KB)

BMX track
BMX track




Stage 2 and 3

Pre-planning for Stage 2 and 3 is currently in progress with construction subject to funding. 

View the Bacchus Marsh Racecourse and Recreation Reserve masterplans to see how the site will be laid out. (PDF, 2MB)

Vegetation Report

View the Bacchus Marsh Racecourse and Recreation Reserve native vegetation report(PDF, 6MB)


Get in touch with us for any queries you have about this project by emailing