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Sporting pavilion underway at Wesley Hill

Photo (L-R): Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Bronwen Machin and State Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards get construction of the new sporting pavilion at Wesley Hill underway, along with Ken Maddern, President, Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve Committee of Management and Robyn Lewis, Secretary, Mount Alexander Community Enterprise.

Construction of the new $2.43 million sporting pavilion at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve is underway.

Monday 9 April 2018

State Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards MP, together with the Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Bronwen Machin, today turned the first sod for the construction of the $2.43 million sporting pavilion at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve.

The pavilion will provide four new unisex change rooms, a first aid room, change rooms for both football and netball umpires, office space, kiosk, storage, public toilets and accessible car parks. Construction is expected to take around ten months.

“Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve is being transformed through these works and it’s my absolute pleasure turn the first sod for stage two of the upgrade,” said Cr Machin.

“It’s an exciting time for sporting groups in the shire, with so much investment from all levels of government to secure quality facilities for our community.

“Council is working with the community on stage two of the reserve upgrade, following years of planning and work,” she said.
The upgrade is supported through a $100,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria through the State Government’s Female Friendly Change Room Grants program.

Along with the pavilion, floodlights will be installed on the reserve football oval, allowing access for local sporting teams to better lighting for evening training and games.

“Local clubs Castlemaine Junior Football Club, Mount Alexander Community Enterprise and Wesley Hill Facility Committee of Management have generously committed $150,000 towards the installation of the floodlights,” said Cr Machin.

“This shows the value of this reserve to the community and we know the groups have worked hard to raise this money,” she said.

Maree Edwards MP visited the reserve today and was thrilled with Sports and Recreation Victoria contribution of $100,000 towards the floodlights. The lighting of the football oval and velodrome will be in place for next year’s sporting season.

“Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve is a sporting hub for our shire. The improved facilities will encourage even more people in the community to get active and involved in local sport,” said Cr Machin.

Photo (L-R): Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Bronwen Machin and State Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards get construction of the new sporting pavilion at Wesley Hill underway, along with Ken Maddern, President, Wesley Hill Facility Committee of Management and Robyn Lewis, Secretary, Mount Alexander Community Enterprise.

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