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PM turns first sod on Hawthorn Football Club's Kennedy Community Centre project in Dingley, Victoria

Hawthorn has reached a historic milestone in the construction of its future home at the Kennedy Community Centre, with the official ‘Turning of the First Sod’ at the Dingley site.

Hawthorn President Andy Gowers, CEO Ash Klein and Senior Coach Sam Mitchell were joined by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, along with state and local representatives, to celebrate the special occasion on Friday morning.

Stage 1 of the transformational project will see the delivery of the Community pavilion and AFLW Oval, featuring full broadcast capabilities and grandstand seating, accessible to the Community.

Simultaneously, the adjacent ‘Harris’ Elite Training and Administration Facility, home to the club’s staff, past & present players will also take also shape, which includes an indoor training field, high performance gym & aquatic facilities, and an MCG-sized oval.

With major construction underway on the 28-hectare site, an anticipated completion date of Stage 1 has been set for the second half of 2025.

SMC has been working with Hawthorn Football Club since 2018 to help see the project delivered.

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