MEMBERS of the Rosebud sporting community can look forward to a new sporting pavilion complex at Olympic Park Recreation Reserve, Rosebud.
Council approved the tender for works on Tuesday 10 October and it is anticipated that construction will begin in January 2018 with hopes for it to be completed by September next year.
The new single level pavilion has been designed to better meet the needs of local sporting groups and will include: six multipurpose change rooms, unisex toilet and shower facilities, store rooms, a first aid room, accessible toilets and external public toilets.
Contract works also include refurbishment of the existing social room office and toilets, a new scoring box, external landscaping, sealed vehicle parking (20 spaces), pedestrian paths and upgrading of utility services to the site.
These works will be carried out as part of the council’s Sports Pavilion Strategy which requires facilities to meet current and future needs of the community and sporting clubs.
To minimise disruption to users and local sporting competitions, the existing sports pavilion social room will remain in operation for the duration of the building works. Portable change rooms, showers and toilets will also be provided to accommodate the clubs during competition times.
The new building will feature sustainable design with durable materials and low energy lighting. Windows will be orientated for natural lighting and ventilation rather than using mechanical heating and cooling. Water savings will be achieved using water efficient taps and cisterns along with water harvesting to reuse for toilet flushing.
Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor councillor Bev Colomb said the shire is committed to improving the quality of our sporting pavilions for all.
“It will be great to see the facilities revamped to improve conditions and meet current standards for unisex use”.
Seawinds Ward councillor Antonella Celi said, “The Seawinds Ward Councillors have worked with Shire Officers and key stakeholders from Rosebud Senior and Junior Football, Cricket and Netball Clubs to ensure the best possible outcome for our community”.
Councillor Simon Brooks from the Seawinds Ward added, “Traction on these works is great news for our thriving sporting groups. Temporary portable change rooms have been in place for several years and it’s time for an upgrade”.
Fellow Seawinds councillor Frank Martin concluded, “The Rosebud Football, Cricket and Netball Clubs have seen significant recent growth in female participation. These enhancements will help continue that trend and improve conditions for existing players”.