Wednesday, 22 October 2014
$2.8 million TH King Pavilion officially opened
. $650,000 Coalition Government contribution to community sport in Glen Iris
. Environment and community groups also benefit from redevelopment
. Napthine Government investing in community sport for a more active Victoria
The Glen Iris community can now learn more about the local environment while enjoying their grassroots sport following today’s opening of the TH King Pavilion development which features a new Environmental Education and Design Centre at Glen Iris Park.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum joined Treasurer and Member for Malvern Michael O’Brien and the City of Stonnington Mayor Adrian Stubbs to officially open the $2.8 million redeveloped pavilion.
“The Coalition Government is committed to an active and healthy Victoria and infrastructure projects like these tick all the boxes when it comes to achieving this goal,” Mr Drum said.
“The new bigger and better pavilion, complete with separate female and junior change rooms, will allow local clubs like St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club and Glen Iris Junior Football and Cricket Clubs to build on their numbers and cater for a more diverse player base.”
Mr O’Brien said the pavilion, which boasts new home and away clubrooms and additional features including first aid room, gymnasium, viewing terrace, accessible toilets, ramp and a community space and education and teaching
space, would benefit the wider community.
“The redevelopment will also benefit local schools and community groups, with the environmental education centre providing the opportunity to learn more about the biodiversity and wetlands in the surrounding inner suburban havens.
“Stonnington residents enjoy getting active and the new TH King Pavilion will make that even easier,” Mr O’Brien said.
Mr Drum said the Coalition Government contributed $650,000 towards the project through the Community Facility Funding Program, and thanked the City of Stonnington for managing the project and contributing $2.05 million. The AFL Victoria also contributed $75,000 and St Kevin’s Old Boys Football Club contributed $50,000.
“This is another example of State and local governments, clubs, associations and local communities coming together to secure the future of sport and recreation, encourage active communities and build a better Victoria,” Mr Drum said.
“Over the past four years the Coalition Government has invested more than $140 million across a range of programs in more than 850 community sports facility projects like these, resulting in more than $598 million of new local sporting infrastructure for Victorians.”
Information on community sporting facility funding programs can be found at www.sport.vic.gov.au