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Media Release - New change rooms at Colchester Reserve boost local sports participation

Knox Council has welcomed $500,000 funding from the Victorian Government towards building new modular change rooms at Colchester Reserve in Boronia. Colchester Reserve is home to the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club and the Boronia Cricket Club.

The funding was announced on Monday, 18 March by Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula, and will add to the $940,000 earmarked by Council for this project. Cricket Victoria and the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club will also contribute funding to the project.

The new facilities will include four new female-friendly and accessible change rooms with amenities, a female-friendly umpire’s change room and improvements to the existing pavilion.

Announcement of new change rooms at Colchester Reserve
Pictured with the Deputy Mayor, Cr Peter Lockwood and Cr John Mortimore are the Minister for Tourism, Sports and Major Events, Martin Pakula MP (fourth from left – holding football), the State Member for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor MP, and representatives of the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club

The Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club is a growing club which focuses on junior development and female participation. The club currently fields ten teams with males and females, and hosts touch rugby tournaments throughout the summer.

The Boronia Cricket Club has ten teams with both girls and boys playing at the junior level.

Council is committed to supporting an active and healthy community and, as the rate of participation in local sport grows, so has the need for better and expanded facilities to cater for players, umpires and visiting teams.

Knox has already seen 20 per cent growth in female and junior club membership in 2017-18, with the 72 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 including modular building design.

The modular buildings are constructed from sustainably-sourced, engineered timber products, and include low-energy LED lighting to help reduce running costs in the future. 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.

Quotes attributable to the Mayor, Cr Jake Keogh:

  • These new facilities will deliver a much needed boost to all groups that use Colchester Reserve.
  • Council recently upgraded the oval and flood lighting at the reserve and the new pavilion will add to these improvements.
  • Prefabricated modular buildings are a fast and cost-effective way to build, and an ideal way to construct facilities like this. As most of the construction happens off-site, there is much less disruption for people who use the grounds.
  • We have already delivered modular change rooms at Batterham Reserve and Knox Gardens Reserve which have been really well-received and we anticipate that more basic community facilities can be built this way in the future.

Issued: 20 March 2019
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