News item release date: Monday, 20 March 2017
A major $1.445 million upgrade to the sports pavilion at JK Grant Reserve will begin within the next month following Council’s appointment of a contractor.
The upgrade will substantially improve the pavilion’s social room, change facilities, toilets and also include the installation of a new storage facility.
The works will also include the provision of power and footings for the installation of a new electronic scoreboard to be supplied by the clubs.
The pavilion is well used by the Altona Junior Football Club, Altona Football Club, Altona Auskick Centre and Altona Cricket Club.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson said that the redevelopment will help accommodate the growth in participation in sport in the community, particularly amongst women and girls in Altona.
“Happily, women’s participation in sport is well and truly on the rise with the rise of the AFLW and these upgrades will now provide the change rooms and facilities needed to accommodate the new demand from women and girls,” Cr Wilson said.
“This is the first time the pavilion has been substantially renovated since it was built in the 1960s and the changes will be warmly welcomed by the clubs, players and spectators.
“Works are expected to be complete by October this year, just in time for the 100th year anniversary celebration of the Altona Football Club in 2018.”
In addition to $1.319 million invested by Council and contributions from the tenant sports clubs, the project has also received a $100,000 grant from the State Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and a $25,000 contribution from AFL Victoria to promote the development of facilities to increase female participation in sports.
Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Tony Briffa said that the project would not have been possible without effective collaboration between the clubs, Council and the State Government.
“Enhancing our existing sports facilities is part of our commitment to improving local sporting facilities in the Altona Sports Precinct. This is yet another significant milestone for the master plan and I hope to see other facilities in the precinct upgraded to join the significant work already undertaken.”