More people in and around Kooyong will be getting more active, more often, following the recent official opening of the $350,000 refurbishments to Muir Pavilion at Sir Zelman Cowan Park’s Righetti Oval by Member for Malvern, Michael O’Brien.
Representing the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty, Mr O’Brien joined local celebrations prior to the round nine under-10s clash between home team the Glen Iris Junior Football Club and rivals Fitzroy 1 Lions Football Club to officially open the redeveloped pavilion.
“As Sunday’s big turn-out showed, local sport plays an important role in bringing the community together, which is why we are working hard to deliver great facilities where residents can participate in the sports and activities they love,” Mr O’Brien said.
“These refurbishments ensure the former ageing pavilion has been transformed to provide the Gladiators with more room for their growing numbers of juniors wanting to participate in sport here at Righetti Oval,” he said.
Mr O'Brien said the pavilion makeover included upgrading the change room facilities to accommodate females, people with a disability and umpires, new storage spaces and accessible amenities.
“The upgrades make the pavilion a more appropriate space for locals to get together, develop their skills and join in the fun at the popular sports ground,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I look forward to seeing a growing number of local community groups, schools and casual users also taking advantage of the revitalised pavilion by getting more active more often,”
Mr O’Brien said the Victorian Government contributed $60,000 towards the project from the Community Facility Funding Program; part of its commitment to build for future growth.
“I would like to thank the City of Stonnington for providing $180,000 as well as the Glen Iris Junior Football Club for their extraordinary contribution of $110,000,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This has been a team effort and it is fantastic to see this important project come to fruition.
“The project was a result of listening to local people and working collaboratively with each of our project partners,” Mr O’Brien said.
For more information about community sporting facility funding programs on offer, please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au