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Modular Building

Modular Buildings Open At The Basin

Knox City Council has completed the installation of new, modern change rooms at Batterham Reserve, delivering better facilities for the massive increase in players in local sports, particularly junior players and women.

The new facilities were partially funded from the generous gift given earlier this year by The Basin’s George and Pat Hetrel, who donated $1 million to Council for improving local community facilities at Batterham Reserve.

Council is committed to supporting an active and healthy community and, as the rate of participation in local sport grows, so too has the need for better and expanded facilities to cater for players, umpires and visiting teams.
Knox has already seen a whopping 20 per cent growth in female and junior club membership in 2017-18, with the 12 existing female sporting teams expected to grow to 116 teams by 2022.

This projected surge in participation has required Council to consider new and innovative ways to provide the best possible facilities to help meet demand.

Over the past year, Council has trialled a new modular building design to deliver facilities at Batterham Reserve and at Knox Gardens Reserve. The buildings feature changing rooms and a range of other amenities for both players and officials.

Around 90 per cent of the build occurs in a factory off-site, before the building is transported, joined and finished at the final location.

As a passionate advocate for participation in sport, Mayor Jake Keogh said the new and innovative facilities will benefit the whole community.

“We know how important it is to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and providing greater opportunities for participation in local sports is a key part of that,” Mayor Keogh said.

“We would once again like to thank George and Pat Hetrel for their extremely generous financial gift to The Basin community, which has helped to fund this building,” Mayor Keogh said.

The buildings are constructed from sustainably-sourced, engineered timber products, and include low-energy LED lighting to help reduce running costs in the future. The buildings feature changing rooms and a range of other amenities for both players and officials.

“These new facilities are a solid and real tribute to the incredible generosity and community spirit displayed by this remarkable family,” Mayor Keogh added.

Batterham Reserve Works

The new changing facilities are part of significant works at the Batterham Reserve precinct, making it one of the best facilities in Knox.

Existing floodlights have been relocated to the second oval, which will allow the facility to be used for both junior and senior training throughout the winter months.

Design is also underway on the replacement of existing cricket nets so that new multi-purpose nets can accommodate cricket and other sports. Works will also include the addition of a new all-ability footpath network around both ovals.

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