Pavilion project: $2.45m works start at Gembrook Recreation Reserve

Cardinia Shire Council has commenced works to redevelop the sporting pavilion at Gembrook Recreation Reserve.

The project is being jointly funded with $1.45 million from Cardinia Shire Council and $1 million from the Australian Government’s Community Development Program.

The redeveloped pavilion will feature:

  • unisex and universally accessible change rooms for players and umpires
  • accessible amenities
  • a first aid room
  • a gym
  • storage
  • minor upgrade to existing kitchen and social room
  • upgrade to spectator viewing lounge and timekeeper’s room
  • lift access to the first floor.

Member for La Trobe Jason Wood MP said the redeveloped pavilion will provide a modern and inclusive space for the local sporting community to enjoy.

“It is great to see this project progress to construction and the Australian Government is proud to be able to support local sporting clubs with the upgraded facilities they desperately need.

“The new pavilion will help Gembrook’s local football, netball and cricket clubs keep pace with increased participation and continue to meet sporting codes and standards,” Mr Wood said.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Jeff Springfield said the project was a great example of collaborative efforts to improve much loved and well used community infrastructure.

“A collaborative effort between federal and local governments and our local Gembrook sporting clubs, this project will bring the reserve’s pavilion into the modern age and continue to serve the Gembrook community and their growing clubs well into the future.”

The redevelopment will bring the pavilion up to the required standards for the respective sporting codes and provide universally accessible facilities to support greater participation in sport for females.

The redevelopment will also provide a community space for the local community to access. 

The upgraded pavilion will be used by the Gembrook Cockatoo Football Netball Club, the Gembrook Cricket Club, as well as local community groups.

Council continues to work closely with the Gembrook Cockatoo Football Netball Club, Gembrook Recreation Reserve’s Section 86 Committee of Management and the Gembrook Cricket Club during the project.

Works have started onsite and are expected to be completed in early 2021.