BENDIGO’S newest sporting facility was opened this week.
Sport and Recreation Minister Hugh Delahunty joined City of Greater Bendigo mayor Alec Sandner and CEO Craig Niemann to open the $3.8 million Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve pavilion on Wednesday.
Cr Sandner said the pavilion is the centrepiece of the reserve.
“The pavilion boasts a multi-use function room with built-in bar, seating for up to 200 people and large floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls for sporting, community groups and other organisations to use and hire,” he said.
“There is also an adjacent executive-style meeting room which can also open into the function room. An impressive full commercial kitchen has also been built to facilitate a range of events.
“Six large change rooms and amenities, also with retractable walls, assisted change room, universally accessible and public toilets, two referee rooms, First Aid room and a Gallery of Sport showcasing memorabilia from the user groups are also included in the pavilion.”
Cr Sandner said the pavilion will also be used to attract major regional, state and national sporting, leisure and recreation events.
“It has definitely added another dimension to the existing facilities already available here at the reserve and I’m sure this will be welcomed by the local community,” he said.
The pavilion will be home to five sporting groups – Bendigo Football Club, Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport, Bendigo Pioneers Football Club, Bendigo Rugby Union Football Club, Epsom Football Club – and four other community groups that include Loddon Mallee Lighting, Bendigo Amateur Soccer League, Epsom Tennis Club and Football Federation Victoria.
Mr Delahunty said the new pavilion includes seven new change rooms, one of which is purpose-built to assist people with disabilities
“These facilities can better accommodate a broader range of local initiatives from umpire training, to player development,” he said.
“They enable clubs to cater for more community members, especially the increasing numbers of juniors, females and people with disabilities wanting to get involved.“For example, multiple change rooms with accessible amenities give local sports like rugby, football, soccer, cricket, tennis, and netball the chance to expand their teams, grow memberships and build on local competition.”