Penistone revamp kicks off at $3.8m

The project involves demolishing the clubroom and replacing it 30m north with a new facility including a 140sqm main hall overlooking both ovals, changerooms, umpire room, storerooms, CCTV room, toilets, kitchen and a covered veranda area.

The redevelopment also includes a relocated playground, four new cricket nets, three-on-three basketball pad, tennis hit-up wall and barbecue picnic area, the removal of the service road and south-western car park, with development of a new relocated car park and possible relocation of new tennis courts subject to the outcome of public consultation.

The second round of community consultation will be held from March 31 to April 21 and will include a proposal to decommission the tennis courts.

Mayor Troy Pickard said the tennis courts were used ‘some six to eight hours a week by no formalised club and by no coach’.

‘For the price tag of some $300,000 (for new tennis courts), I don’t think that’s a wise expenditure of ratepayers’ funds and I look forward to the local community’s views on the potential decommissioning of the tennis courts, but I’d be surprised if there were more than a handful of residents who expressed concern,’ he said. He also said it was ‘absolutely crucial’ to remove the service road ‘which effectively dissects both active reserves’.

Cr John Chester said the redevelopment would increase the parking from 53 to 72 bays and include a path connecting the new community facility to the relocated playground.

‘I must add I’m a little bit concerned about the escalating cost involved in this project, which started out at $2.8 million,’ he said. But he believed all aspects of the redevelopment were ‘absolutely necessary to ensure the project is a complete success’.

Community consultation results will be presented to council mid-year, allowing the project to be included in the City’s application for the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund program, which could cover up to a third of the project cost ($1.3 million).