City welcomes State Government funding for new sports facilities

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The City of Greater Bendigo has welcomed a visit from Sports Minister John Eren, who today announced the State Government will invest in the development of a new hockey pavilion at the Bendigo Regional Hockey Centre and female change rooms at the Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke declared today was a great day for sport in Greater Bendigo.

“These funds will go towards important projects that the City has long identified for delivery. We are grateful to the State Government for sharing in our vision of providing quality, equitable facilities that encourage participation in sport and further enhance our ability to host major sporting carnivals,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“The hockey pavilion was first recommended in 2004. Hockey participation rates have grown considerably over the past 10 years, which has put a strain on current facilities. The Bendigo Regional Hockey Centre is used by seven clubs, which have a combined 800 members.

“A modern, multi-functional pavilion will further drive local and regional hockey participation, and better position Bendigo to host state, national and international hockey carnivals, such as the International Festival of Hockey which has been played here for the past two years.

“This project will also be complemented by the installation of a new wet pitch, which is currently being installed and will meet International Hockey Federation’s global standards.”

The new hockey pavilion is valued at $4.95M, with the State Government to contribute $650,000, the City will provide $4.1M and Hockey Central Victoria will contribute $200,000.

It will deliver six unisex change rooms, two umpires’ change rooms (with drug testing capacity), public amenities, social space and elevated viewing decks, kiosk and kitchen, first aid room, extensive storage facilities, meeting room and separate office.

The QEO change rooms and surrounding landscaping works will cost $850,000 to deliver, with the State Government contributing $100,000, the City providing $690,000 and Sandhurst Football Netball Club contributing $60,000.

“The QEO is our premier football and netball facility that hosts a range of grand finals, interleague matches and regular games for tenant clubs,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“A master plan for the QEO was completed in 2011 and adopted by the City. A large number of recommendations have been completed, including a second netball court, new coaches’ boxes and player shelters, bleachers and spectator seating.

“The construction of dedicated change rooms for female participants is a critical element of the overall site development.

“The concept designs are completed and we look forward to receiving feedback from users shortly, and hope to start building in October.”

The new change rooms will deliver two netball change rooms, two sets of amenities, first aid room, accessible change room, two umpires’ change rooms, communal umpires’ area and club storage.

Sandhurst Football Netball Club has 125 netballers across five senior netball teams, seven junior netball teams and one junior female football team.

 

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