New sports pavilion at Banksia Reserve moves closer to reality

29 April 2015

Bayside City Council has agreed to provide additional support to the proposed Beaumaris Sports Club redevelopment at Banksia Reserve following essential revisions to the original design.

Council’s support will see its contribution move from $1million to an investment of $2.6million.

Bayside Mayor, Cr Felicity Frederico said that increasing Council’s contribution will provide certainty for the project and ensure that the broad support for the project, already pledged by the community, sporting bodies and government can be realised.

“Through fundraising, sponsorship and grants the club has confirmed nearly $2.97million in funding for this project,” Cr Frederico said.

“The Beaumaris Sports Club is an example of an innovative new funding model that brings together multiple sporting clubs, peak body and state government support with community fundraising and Council investment.

“In meeting this funding shortfall Council is able to provide certainty for the project and the broader Bayside community who will benefit from this outstanding new facility.”

The essential changes have been made to the design to mitigate against flood exposure on the site, accessibility concerns, car parking and for landscaping requirements.

The new pavilion will cater for the needs of football, cricket and tennis clubs based at Banksia Reserve and will involve demolishing the existing football and cricket pavilion and extending the two-storey tennis clubhouse.

The new facility will incorporate change rooms, umpire’s rooms, a first aid room, gym, canteen and storage on the ground level as well as club social rooms and community meeting areas on the first level.

The project has received funding commitments from the Victorian Government, peak sporting agencies including the AFL, Cricket Australian and Tennis Australia and substantial donations from individuals.

Council has referred the consideration of the additional funding to Council’s 2016/17 Budget.

The revised budget projection for the redevelopment is $5 million.

Page last updated: 29 Apr 2015