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New sporting pavilion to be built at Wesley Hill

Computer image of pavilion

Construction will begin this year on a multi-use pavilion at the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve.

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council last night awarded a contract to construct a multi-use sporting pavilion as part of stage two of the upgrade to 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 of the $2.4 million project will begin in coming months and take around ten months to complete.

“This is an exciting decision by Council to continue to invest in this important regional facility and encourage more of our community to get active in this wonderful new space,” said Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

The pavilion will enable local sporting groups to host tournaments and regional activities, with new facilities accessible for netballers, AFL footballers, cyclists and other groups that wish to use the venue.

“The upgrade of the reserve over the last 12 months has been incredible and the pavilion will continue the transformation,” said Cr Machin.

Stage one of the reserve upgrade is currently being finalised. The $1.9 million upgrade included construction of six new netball courts, court floodlighting, landscape works, new cricket nets, landscaping and car parks. It was funded through a grant from the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Programme.

Sporting groups are confident that the new pavilion will help to facilitate and promote increased participation of women in sport through providing female friendly change rooms for both netball and AFL football.

“We’re pleased that the pavilion will also provide the first female friendly change rooms in the shire that cater to AFL football and netball,” said Cr Machin.

The construction of the pavilion is the culmination of 18 months of detailed planning by Council officers and key user groups including the reserve Committee of Management, Castlemaine Junior Football Club, Castlemaine and District Netball Association and Castlemaine Cycling Club.

Construction of the pavilion was identified as a priority in the Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve Master Plan which Council adopted in 2015.

Council will fund the pavilion from its capital expenditure budget. 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.

The contract was awarded to Fairbrother Pty Ltd, which has offices throughout Victoria and Tasmania.

Image: An artist's impression on the new pavilion that will be constructed at Wesley Hill this year.

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