New female-friendly facilities transforms sports pavilion into welcoming space for all athletes

Friday 18 September 2020

Artwork on pavilion wall, shows colourful legs in leaping and kicking motion

Yarra has partnered with the Victorian Government to transform Malcolm Graham Pavilion in Burnley’s Kevin Bartlett Reserve into a space that encourages women of all abilities to be involved in sport.

The recently upgraded pavilion at Burnley’s Kevin Bartlett Reserve now includes additional change rooms, accessible bathroom facilities, a unisex referee’s room, first aid room, increased club storage and covered spectator area.

The refurbishment aims to encourage and enhance participation of women and girls in active recreation. It was co-funded by Yarra, with a $1.1 million contribution, and the Victorian Government's Female Friendly Facilities Fund, which contributed $483,707.

The Female Friendly Facilities Fund supports local clubs and organisations to develop grounds, pavilions, courts and lighting to enable more women and girls to participate in sport and active recreation.

“These new facilities are a fantastic step towards levelling the playing field in terms of accessibility and opportunity in women’s sport”, said Yarra Mayor, Cr Misha Coleman.

“I can’t wait to see this new area being used, once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and we are able to reopen our sports centres.”

The refurbished pavilion now also feature a bright new artwork, portraying a series of brightly coloured legs moving across the length of the pavilion wall.

Artist Julia Gorman was commissioned to install this piece, named Opening Lines, which imitates the energy that can be seen by the athletes on the Kevin Bartlett reserve.

The pavilion is home to the Collingwood City Soccer Club, the Burnley Cricket Club and Richmond Union Cricket Club.

All clubs have expressed appreciation for the upgrade and look forward to being able to create an even more inclusive environment in new fit-for-purpose facilities. 



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