Premier opens oval’s new pavilion


Frank Alban (left) and Premier Colin Barnett met with local sporting groups at Chidlow Oval.
Frank Alban (left) and Premier Colin Barnett met with local sporting groups at Chidlow Oval.

Deputy Shire President Patrick Bertola said it was a great honour to have the Premier at the ceremony on Friday last week.

“The Elsie Austin Oval Pavilion will provide our local sporting clubs with a space to socialise and relax after a hard day on the field,” he said.

“This was a community-driven project and the Shire notes the hard work and effort by the council advisory committee to help design the building and develop the project to this point,” Cr Bertola said.

The $1.1 million project began in September last year.

“It is the first of four major infrastructure projects in the Shire of Mundaring due for completion between 2016 and 2017,” Cr Bertola said.

Other projects in the pipeline are redevelopment of Mundaring Community Sculpture Park, the new community hub at Boya and Mundaring Indoor Recreation Centre.

The event followed the Premier’s opening of a children’s playground at Morgan John Morgan Reserve in Glen Forrest.

Cr Bertola said Glen Forrest Resident and Ratepayers Association representatives were instrumental in the project design.

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban said it was the Premier’s second visit to the upgrade site of Morgan John Morgan Reserve, also known as Train Park.

The playground project’s first stage cost $195,000 with Lotterywest contributing $80,000.

Mr Barnett later met with sporting groups in Chidlow to discuss lighting requirements for their oval at the local recreation ground.

Chidlow Senior Football Club president Chris Dymek said there was an increasing demand for night games across several sporting groups.

“Some shires provide night lighting and this has been raised by our players,” he said.

The Chidlow Progress Association and Mr Alban supported a proposal to upgrade lighting at the oval.

“Many people utilise the local recreation ground for community fitness sessions, and a number of sporting codes including football, cricket, tee-ball, baseball and hockey train and play at the Chidlow Oval year round,” he said.

“Our local recreation facilities need to be accessible day and night.”

With the area rapidly growing, residents said they would like to hold night markets, summer evening swap meets, outdoor film nights, pre-dawn Anzac events and concerts.

Chidlow sporting clubs will approach the Shire of Mundaring to request the lighting upgrade and submit an application for funds; they will also raise funds.