Waterview Community Recreation Reserve opens in Mernda

Media Release

MCC018/2015

20 November 2015

Joint release with:

Stevan Kozmevski

Mayor of the City of Whittlesea

Scott Ryan

Senator for Victoria

Mernda's new $3.73 million Waterview Community Recreation Reserve project, featuring a pavilion and outdoor multi-purpose sports training facility, officially opened today to provide a home base and extra capacity to support the growth of the Mernda AFL, Netball and Cricket clubs.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the project had received $2.5 million from the Australian Government through the $350 million Community Development Grants Programme.

“We are committed to funding projects such as this community recreation reserve which will have a long term positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of communities, both through the Community Development Grants Programme and the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund,” Mr McCormack said.

Senator for Victoria Scott Ryan, who joined the local community in Mernda at the opening today, said the project would allow for growth in local sport over the coming years.

“The Mernda community have been eagerly awaiting the completion of the new pavilion which features a canteen and bar area, first aid room, storage areas and change rooms for home and visiting clubs. These new facilities will service the Mernda community for generations to come,” Senator Ryan said.

“Sporting clubs have always been important in building cohesion and engagement in local communities, and they are particularly important for rapidly growing communities such as Mernda,” Senator Ryan said.

Mayor of the City of Whittlesea Stevan Kozmevski said the benefits of the new facilities are far-reaching and that the reserve is the home of the Mernda Football and Netball Club, Mernda Cricket Club and Northcrest Calisthenics.

“This wonderful reserve will be widely used by schools, sports clubs and community groups for sport and recreational activities, but more than that it will play an important role in community building and developing social cohesion,” Cr Kozmevski said.

The Waterview Community Recreation Reserve project was jointly funded with $2.5 million from the Australian Government, $708,333 from the Victorian Government and $522,667 from the City of Whittlesea.