New lease of life proposed for Social Club
1 Oct 2010 Edition
Disadvantaged young people, Indigenous Australians and the wider community stand to benefit from a proposed lease being negotiated to make the Social Club building at Victoria Park a community hub.
At its September meeting, Council chose the Collingwood Football Club Foundation (CFCF) as its preferred applicant to negotiate the terms of a proposed lease for the building.
The CFCF is proposing to establish a major community centre, which would complement the $8 million-plus works being undertaken by Council and the Federal Government to transform Victoria Park into a major community
Under the proposal, several not-for-profit organisations and service providers would sublease the building to run community programs. Employment and educational programs for disadvantaged young people and Indigenous
Australians are proposed, with the centre also expected to provide space for local community activities.
The CFCF would make significant capital improvements to the building and pay rent annually to Council. Council’s selection of CFCF as the preferred applicant followed an extensive public Expression of Interest process for the
building. Council is expected to consider a further report on the negotiations at its monthly meeting on Tuesday 19 October.
Meanwhile, the next and final stage of the extensive program of works at the Abbotsford ground is set to begin in mid-October 2010.
The works are expected to begin at the Turner Street end of the ground, where the upper areas of the Rush Stand will be demolished and the walls drastically reduced.
Council has received permission from Heritage Victoria to remove the 1966 scoreboard and time clock on One Eyed Hill, so this area can be reshaped to make the park easier to access from the street. Council is proposing to create
artwork that will incorporate materials from both structures. A new electronic digital scoreboard and integrated time clock is to be installed at the ground.
For more information, contact Richard Young, Project Executive, on 9205 5712 or at Richard.Young@yarracity.vic.gov.au
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