Plans proceeding for new state-of-the-art Mentone Reserve pavilion
26 September 2017
Mentone Reserve is one step closer to boasting a new sporting pavilion after Kingston Council last night approved concept designs for a state-of-the-art new facility.
Kingston Council has been working closely with local sporting clubs on plans to restore and enhance the ageing GH Soppett Pavilion, at the Mentone Reserve.
Kingston Mayor David Eden said the beautiful old pavilion has been a local icon for decades, but was in poor condition and could no longer fully meet the growing needs of local clubs.
“Plans for the enhanced pavilion include top-quality facilities for both male and female athletes that will serve our community for years to come, whilst retaining and conserving the historic grandstand” Cr Eden said.
The plans include:
- increased space and number of change rooms to support female participation
- additional public toilets
- increased social room space
- larger undercover spectator area and first floor viewing deck
- increased lobby and foyer areas
- ·video room.
The project will provide a new home for the St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Amateur Football Club, Mentone Mustangs Basketball Club and Mentone Clovers Netball Club. The Mentone Cricket Club will also use the reserve.
Kingston Council has already committed almost $4million to the project, the Victorian Government $1.5million and the clubs $100,000. Council will seek the remaining $1.26million funding through its 2018/19 Budget process.
“This project has strong support from Council, the Victorian Government, the clubs and the local community and we are all keen to see it progress,” Cr Eden said.