Upwey on the way up thanks to new sporting pavilion

Media Release

JM054/2018

24 March 2018

Joint release with:

Len Cox

Mayor for Yarra Ranges Council

Jason Wood

Federal Member for La Trobe

  • New community sporting pavilion opens in Yarra Ranges
  • $3.6 million hub to encourage participation in football, netball and cricket
  • The Coalition Government invested $500,000 in the project.

Local sports clubs in Upwey and Tecoma in Victoria's Yarra Ranges had a big win today following the official opening of a new community sporting pavilion.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the $3.6 million multi-purpose facility would support local sporting and social clubs, continuing the Coalition Government's commitment to deliver the infrastructure regional Australians need to thrive.

“The Coalition Government is proud to invest in grassroots sport, it improves health, helps develop our future sports stars, creates long-lasting friendships and brings communities together,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This is a great investment into our local community which also created 20 jobs during construction, providing a boost to the local economy.”

Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said the two-storey pavilion would improve the quality of community and sporting facilities available to residents.

“By providing a venue for meetings, training courses and community events, this new pavilion will be an invaluable resource for the Yarra Ranges community,” Mr Wood said.

“Sports fans will also be well looked after with a new bar, kitchen and large function room for clubs to hold bigger events. The facility also includes necessities such as change rooms and meeting spaces, a gymnasium, canteen and covered terraces for spectator seating.”

Yarra Ranges Council Mayor Len Cox said this is a fantastic example of Council collaborating with the community to produce a recreational hub that will suit the needs of not just the sporting Clubs but other non-sporting community groups.

“This new building for the Upwey and Tecoma community is a credit to the UTCRASH group and their vision to include all community groups and clubs and provide a hub that can be a home for all,” Cr Cox said.

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government, Victorian Government, Yarra Ranges Council, Upwey Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub (UTCRASH) Inc and Bendigo Bank.