Merbein’s Kenny Park can now boast some of the most modern and fully-featured sporting facilities in Sunraysia following completion of its new change room complex this month.
The new change rooms replace the existing buildings which were all but destroyed in the November 2016 storms, bringing with them several new features.
- dedicated change rooms/facilities for both home and visiting netball sides
- dedicated umpires’ rooms
- trainers’ facilities for both home and visiting sides
- public toilets, including an all-access public toilet and a disabled parking spot
Councillor for Recreation and Sport Glenn Milne said the new, modern and much larger complex represented a massive improvement over the previous facilities before they were storm-damaged.
“On behalf of Council, I’d like to thank the Merbein Football Netball Club, Merbein South Cricket Club, Sunraysia Football Netball League (SFNL) and the broader Merbein community for the input and enthusiasm they’ve put into this complex,” Cr Milne said.
“The state-of-the-art facilities we now see at Kenny Park have very much been a community effort and something that will be enjoyed by residents, groups and sporting clubs for decades to come.”
The project has been supported by the Victorian Government through the 2018-19 Female Friendly Facilities Fund with a contribution of $500,000. The Merbein Football Netball Club have also contributed $75,000 to the project through in-kind support and an additional $75,000 funded via the AFL. Council’s contribution was $851,000.
Cr Milne said the change rooms would be used for the first time this weekend hosting the SFNL clash between Merbein and Robinvale-Euston.
There will be an official opening event to mark completion of the new change rooms in the near future, which Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula will be invited to.