Victoria’s state government has pledged $1 million in funding to help build a new soccer pavilion at Galvin Park in Werribee.
As first reported by Sport and Rec Victoria, the pavilion will include six change rooms, two unisex umpire rooms, a community space, a canteen, and rooms for first aid and storage.
“This investment will support the local economy and create jobs – and support the growing number of people in Werribee keen to get involved in sport and recreation,” said Tim Pallas, Werribee MP.
Pallas added that funding for the project would come from the state government’s $68 million Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. He also acknowledged the Wyndham council for its support and financial contribution.
Work on the new soccer pavilion began in July and is part of a $3.8 million redevelopment project of Galvin Park which will be completed over two stages.
Stage one will include site mobilisation, early carpark works, and construction of the first part of the pavilion. Stage two, which is scheduled to begin in October will include demolition of the existing pavilion and the completion of the second part of the new pavilion.
According to Glenn Warry, CEO of Football Coaches Australia, the development sends a positive message to the football community that the government is willing to invest in the state’s stretched football facilities.
“With youth participation stronger than ever, it is important that we invest in facilities and to provide the best possible opportunity for the game to continue to grow,” he said.
Cr Peter Maynard added that the project would create a new home for the Werribee City Soccer Club, local schools, and the other community groups who operate in the area.
“The Galvin Park soccer pavilion will service four soccer pitches and will provide another great asset in Werribee that will help boost participation in sport,” Maynard said.
The project is expected to be completed in mid-2021 however due to the current impacts of COVID-19 and uncertainty surrounding future restrictions, this is subject to review.