New sporting facility at Eltham North Reserve

Published on 15 September 2016

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A $3.9 million renovation of Eltham’s largest soccer and cricket clubs pavilion and scout hall was given the green light at Tuesday night's Ordinary Council Meeting.

The overhaul includes upgrading the existing scout and community halls and building new facilities providing an umpire’s room, accessible toilets and change-rooms, a first-aid room, separate social facilities for sports clubs, more storage and an upgrade to the community hall.

The precinct is home to the Eltham Redbacks Football Club (ERFC), North Eltham Wanderers Cricket Club (ENWCC) and 1st Eltham North Scouts Group and the community hall provides a range of uses to community groups, commercial providers and the wider community. The adopted design is the preferred option of the tenant clubs and is estimated to cost $3.854 million.

The costs will be shared with $2 million from the Victorian Government, $800,000 from Nillumbik Shire Council, $227,272 each from ERFC and ENWCC and $18,181 from Scouts Victoria.  An application has been made to the Growing Suburbs Fund to address the $490,000 shortfall. In the event this is unsuccessful Council has agreed to refer the shortfall for Council’s consideration in the preparation of the 2017-2018 Council Budget.

The concept was developed through the Eltham North Reserve Reference Group which included representatives from the tenants, Sports and Recreation Victoria (SRV) and Council. The Group consulted with Football Federation Victoria, Cricket Victoria and Scouts Victoria and also sought input from the Nillumbik University of the Third Age who are seeking to accommodate their growing membership base.

Council will seek community consultation on the preferred concept design and report back at the December 2016 Ordinary Meeting of Council.