Athanasios Karabatsas, Mayor Despi O’Connor, Cr Lisa Dixon, David Fice, Daniel Garrood and Mark Stahel inspect the pavilion.
The sporting community of Tuerong has a new home with the completion of the RM Hooper pavilion. With female change rooms and amenities, a kitchen and kiosk, a first-aid room and additional storage, the pavilion will cater for the 2100 footballers, soccer players and cricketers who use the reserve and the groups such as the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association that call the reserve home.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council hopes the pavilion upgrade will lead to an increase in sports participation at the reserve through additional sports programming as well as supporting women through its new facilities. Cr Lisa Dixon said: “This project was a positive step in the right direction for female sport participation in our community.”
The pavilion was the council’s first modular project, allowing its completion within a few months. Mayor Despi O’Connor said: “We’re pleased the redevelopment of the pavilion was able to happen quickly so we could provide a facility that is fit for purpose for all users. The upgrade is part of the Shire’s plan for the future provisions of sports and sporting infrastructure throughout our Peninsula.”
The council put up $760,000 for the project and secured a $250,000 grant through Sport and Recreation Victoria and $250,000 from the Federal Government.