Sports park pavilion project is endorsed

An artists impression of the new pavilion.
An artists impression of the new pavilion.

The estimated $3.5 million project will combine the Wembley Athletic Club and Sports Park under one roof as well as include an additional building, spectator-tiered seating and the redevelopment of the existing Pat Goodridge Pavillion.

Chief executive Jason Buckley said the council’s decision was a major step towards achieving their long-term vision at the park.

‘The Wembley Sports Park Pavilion will provide a long-term home for the Wembley Athletic Club, so it can continue to compete successfully in a broad range of sporting activities, enjoyed by all ages from junior baseballers to veteran AFL players,’ he said.

However, the Town is seeking funding from the State Government for the project after it exceeded budgeted costs of $2.5 million.

‘The Town considers this project is worthy of State support, given the broad nature of the sports under Wembley Athletic Club and the benefits this project will bring to organised sport at Wembley Sports Park,’ Mr Buckley said.

‘Council will consider funding arrangements for the works at a later stage, once the outcome of the grant application is known. Applications close at the end of September with expectations the State will announce the outcome of applications in February-March 2015.’

Now endorsed, the concept design will be used as the basis for the detail design, with an objective of calling tenders for the construction of the facility by the end of June next year.

Tenders are now being called from architects to undertake the design phase.