The City of Melbourne has launched a $750,000 upgrade to the Southern Sports Pavilion in Royal Park
Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment portfolio, Councillor Cathy Oke, said the pavilion now includes gender neutral bathrooms so it’s accessible to more sporting clubs.
“The pavilion is an art deco gem that dates back to 1938. We wanted to preserve its heritage but make it more accessible to a new generation of spots players,” Cr Oke said.
“The upgrade includes new bathrooms, a new kitchen and areas for socialising and holding functions.”
The City of Melbourne’s 2019-20 Budget includes a further $1.5 million towards upgrading pavilions at four ovals.
“We have 375 community teams using our sporting facilities each week. This includes 90 teams made up of women and girls, which is phenomenal growth in just a few short years,” Cr Oke said.
“We’re investing in women’s and community sport to diversify our facilities to encourage even more women and girls to take marks and hit sixes.”
“We’re investing $800,000 on designs for the renewal of the Brens, Ryder and Western Oval sporting pavilions in Royal Park, with construction expected to start in 2021,” Cr Oke said.
“A further $750,000 will be spent to upgrade the Northern Sports Pavilion in Fawkner Park.”
The Budget also includes $450,000 to help improve food handling at sporting clubs, $360,000 for renewing the Princes Hill tennis courts, and $210,000 for outdoor sports equipment.