More people in Glen Iris will be getting more active, more often, after the Victorian Coalition Government today announced it would provide $650,000 to redevelop the TH King Pavilion at Glen Iris Park in High Street.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty today joined City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Matthew Koce and the Hon Michael O’Brien MP State Member for Malvern, to announce the funding at the popular reserve, which is home to St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club and Glen Iris Junior Football and Cricket Clubs.
Mr Delahunty said this exciting new project, worth more than $2.8 million, will introduce much needed improvements to the current pavilion which is struggling to cope with increasing community demands.
“A key objective of the Coalition Government is to build healthy and active communities,” Mr Delahunty said.
“To achieve this goal, we need more quality community facilities that encourage local people to play the sports they love for many years to come.
The proposed works include home and away change rooms, separate female and juniors change rooms, a multipurpose community space, an access ramp, accessible toilets, first aid room, gymnasium and viewing terrace will make a real difference to players, umpires and administrators.
The pavilion will also include an Environmental Education Centre that takes advantage of the magnificent surrounds at Glen Iris Park.
“It’s not just local sports that will benefit, nearby schools and local community groups will be able to access the pavilion for events, activities and development programs,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Our investment in this project is part of our plan to build more sustainable local venues that make a real difference to local people.
“As well as the health benefits, we are also helping to stimulate the local economy and create jobs throughout the construction phase.”
Mr Delahunty said the Coalition Government’s $650,000 funding was from the Community Facility Funding Program.
“I would like to thank project partners City of Stonnington for their contribution of $2.05 million, AFL Victoria for contributing $75,000 and St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club for their contribution of $50,000 to the project, which is expected to be completed by mid-2015,” Mr Delahunty said.
“This is just one way we are delivering on the Coalition Government’s strategy to grow the economy, build infrastructure and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the State.”
For more information about community sporting facility funding programs on offer, please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au