A $4 million investment package by the Victorian Government is set to transform three parks within the City of Glen Eira, building ageing pavilions into bigger and more modern female and family friendly community venues.
Two soccer clubs will be able to directly benefit from these upgrades – Glen Eira FC and Caulfield Cougars SC. A new pavilion will be built at Koornang Park with the adjacent Lord Reserve pavilion to get an upgrade featuring new female friendly change rooms for resident clubs, which will be shared amongst other resident clubs such as Carnegie Cricket Club and Monash Gryphons.
The third venue within the City of Glen Eira to benefit from the $4 million investment is Murrumbeena Park. It is home to the Murrumbeena Lions Football Netball Club, Murrumbeena Junior Football Club, Murrumbeena Cricket Club, Murrumbeena Bowls Club and Oakdale Angling Club, adding substantial positive changes for a variety of sports.
Across all pavilions, the project will also aim to deliver a community hub, including three meeting & multi-purpose rooms, a 140-seat function room with kitchen, fully accessible public amenities, a facelift & extension of club changeroom facilities, social space and a new car park.
The entire project is forecasted to be complete by mid-2022, enabling the opportunity for around 60 people to be employed – including trades, contractors and consultants, putting the best foot forward to meet the project deadline.
In an effort to increase overall participation at local grassroot clubs, especially for those to benefit from the Victorian Government’s upgrade investments, the State Government have designed a voucher program for eligible children to access in order to cover associated costs.
The Get Active Kids Voucher Program is a Victorian first and will be rolling out 100,000 sport vouchers across the state. This is to encourage families to have their children involved in organised sport and recreation activities, by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms and equipment that would need to be covered on a yearly basis.
Those that are eligible may be able to receive of up to $200 of funds – applications can be found here.