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Key handover at Wesley Hill pavilion

Young sportspeople smiling in front of new pavilion.

Thursday 24 January 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council this week handed over the keys to a new $2.43 million sports pavilion in Wesley Hill, with local sports clubs keen to start using the facilities.

The pavilion includes 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.

The pavilion project was completed on time and budget, marking the completion of the second stage of the redevelopment of the recreation reserve.

“We’re really pleased to complete the pavilion – it was a key part of the community’s vision for the reserve and will be such a well-used asset,” said Ben Grounds, Manager of Community Places and Spaces, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The upgrade will go a long way in encouraging more girls and boys to participate in junior sport in the shire,” he said.

“We’d like to thank the Committee of Management and user groups for their valuable input and partnership in this project.”

President of the Castlemaine District Netball Association Ken Maddern acknowledged the strong working relationship with Council to complete the project.

“I am thrilled to finally have the keys in hand and to start to use it,” said Mr Maddern.

“We as a committee cannot thank council and government enough for supporting our vision,” he said.

The pavilion, along with the new netball courts and cricket nets completed as part of stage one, provide great facilities for everyone in the community to enjoy.

Council funded the majority of the pavilion project, with a contribution from the State Government’s Female Friendly Change rooms program of $100,000, and generous contributions from the clubs and committee.

The construction was completed by Fairbrother Pty Ltd, who efficiently completed the work to a high standard, while accommodating walk throughs with committee members to see progress.

Council recently installed new 50 lux floodlights at the Doug Powell Oval. They are undergoing testing and are expected to be operational by the end of January.

Council is planning a community event to officially open the pavilion in autumn.


Image: There were plenty of smiles from our junior sports stars when they toured the new pavilion.


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