Media Releases 2012
Kicking goals with new sports pavilion
28 March 2012
Construction of a new sports pavilion in Clifton Hill will get underway in April after Council awarded a tender for the works last week.
Yarra Mayor Cr Geoff Barbour said the $1.48 million project would result in a modern, environmentally friendly pavilion replacing an outdated 1940s pavilion at Ramsden Street Reserve.
Cr Barbour said the local sports clubs that use the existing pavilion and nearby oval – the Clifton Hill Cricket Club, Clifton Hill AusKick, Fitzroy Junior Football Club and Fitzroy Football Club - would use the new pavilion.
He said demolition of the 1940s pavilion - which wasn’t built to today’s building standards and doesn’t provide access for people with disabilities – would be conducted over six days beginning on Monday 16 April. Construction works would begin soon after.
Cr Barbour said it was hoped that the pavilion would be ready for use during the 2012/2013 cricket season.
“This new pavilion has been many years in the offing so it will be great to finally get construction going,” Cr Barbour said.
“Our local sports clubs do a great job in encouraging people to be physically and socially active so it’s the least we can do to provide them with modern facilities,” he said.
Cr Barbour said the pavilion would include four interconnecting change rooms (which could be used independently or to create a larger room when required), a kitchen, an umpire’s room, a first aid room and toilets.
“Local not-for-profit community groups will be able to hire the pavilion, filling a gap in Clifton Hill which does not have any large community facilities for hire,” Cr Barbour said.
He said solar panels, a solar hot water system and a rainwater tank would help make the building sustainable.
Some local residents did object to the pavilion but efforts had been made to minimise the impact on adjoining properties through measures such as positioning the function room in an area furthest away from homes.
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