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New pavilion officially opened!

People walking around outside the new pavilion.

Council officially opened the new pavilion at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve at a community event on the weekend.

Monday 13 May 2019

Netballers, footballers, cyclists, community members and officials gathered on the weekend to help officially open the new multi-purpose pavilion at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve.

The state-of-the-art pavilion features four spacious unisex change rooms, a first aid area, umpire rooms, a kiosk, plenty of storage, public toilets, office space and accessible car parks.

Mount Alexander Shire Council completed construction of the $2.43 million sports pavilion in December. It is the second stage of the reserve redevelopment. Stage one included new netball courts, cricket nets, landscaping, carparks and more.

“The reserve is almost unrecognisable from what it was just a few short years ago,” said Cr Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The change rooms and kiosk were previously located in a very basic tin shed. Now we have a fantastic new facility that is already being well used by our junior sporting community.

“We know that our young footballers, netballers and cyclists are very appreciative of all the work and it’s great to see them making the most of the facilities.

“Thank you to the Committee of Management and the many user groups who have played a valuable role in this project. They have worked hard to bring this vision to life and have helped to create something wonderful for generations to come,” she said.

One of the event guest speakers was Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve Committee Member Robyn Lewis, who praised the work of everyone involved.

“Working to provide good facilities for the next generation is a mark of a great community, rather than just looking after your own interests here and now,” said Ms Lewis.

“I commend the entire Wesley Hill Redevelopment Committee for their extensive commitment to this project and seeing it through. Thanks also to Council and staff for their positive collaboration on this project.

“The outcome is one that we are all very pleased with,” she said.

Chloe Langley from Campbells Creek was another guest speaker. Chloe is a member of the under 17 Victorian Netball Team and was incredibly impressed by the pavilion.

“The pavilion is amazing! It’s great that the young kids will get to grow up with these facilities,” she said.

During the event Uncle Rick Nelson, Kane Nelson Snr and Kane Nelson Jnr conducted an Indigenous smoking ceremony to remove any bad spirits from the pavilion and the crowd was entertained by the Thompsons Foundry Band.

Council funded the $2.43 million pavilion with a contribution from the State Government’s Female Friendly change rooms program of $100,000.

The new floodlights on the reserve football oval and velodrome – Doug Powell Oval – were also officially opened at the weekend event. The lights allow local football teams to hold evening training sessions and make the best use of the sporting field.

The floodlights are funded through a partnership between Council, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Mount Alexander Community Enterprise, Castlemaine Football Netball Club Juniors and Wesley Hill Committee of Management. The community groups contributed a generous $145,000 towards the project and Sport and Recreation Victoria contributed $100,000 through the Country Football Netball Fund.

Image: Council was pleased to officially open the new pavilion at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve on the weekend.

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