The new Mallacoota Community Clubrooms were officially opened on Sunday 11 July, providing a purpose-built facility and focal point for the community.
The pavilion project was the result of the community working in partnership with East Gippsland Shire Council and the Commonwealth Government. It was funded by Council and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Building Better Regions Fund.
The million-dollar project provides:
- A meeting / umpires’ room
- Multi-purpose function room and amenities
- Kitchen and utilities room
- Unisex accessible toilet and shower
- Large outdoor viewing area, rainwater tanks, and storage units for use by local community and sporting clubs
Opening the facility on Sunday with Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and representatives of the Mallacoota Halls and Recreation Reserve Committee and user groups, Mayor Cr Mendy Urie said facilities like these are more than just changerooms and meeting rooms and kitchens.
“This great building is a space for the community to connect, share common interests, and make our communities better,” Cr Urie said.
“The new facilities are fantastic and already being well used. They are a great addition to the reserve and have certainly been welcomed by current user groups and the broader community. The facility will support sport and recreation in the area for years to come and assist in attracting new players and volunteers.”
Cr Urie said major projects like this don’t just happen.
“There was a significant amount of planning, funding applications and budget bids, project management and ultimately construction over many months and even years,” Cr Urie said.
“Council is proud to be a major contributor in that work, leading the advocacy for funding with our local MP, and delivering the project using our team of builders supported by many local trades and suppliers.
“I thank our staff involved for their commitment from the engagement and planning for the project, and through the project management and build. To our contractors and suppliers, thank-you for your efforts.
“Also, well done to the volunteers from the committee of management and community who have remained relentless in driving this project for the betterment of Mallacoota.”
Under the management of the Mallacoota Halls and Recreation Reserve Committee, the clubrooms are used by more than 15 clubs and groups including Lions, sporting clubs such as soccer, cricket and fishing, Mallacoota And District Recovery Association and its various working groups, business and tourism and progress associations, and many more.
“I look forward to the community using this facility well to play, attract visiting teams, meet, socialise, connect and plan for generations to come,” Cr Urie said.