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MALLACOOTA COMMUNITY CLUBROOMS UPDATE
High quality recreation facilities encourage social inclusion and contribute to the wellbeing and liveability of a place. The Mallacoota Recreation Reserve provides an opportunity for a wide range of sporting and recreational activities in a central, accessible and high amenity location.
One of the most important components of a successful sporting facility is access to a safe, accessible and inclusive clubroom facility. Unfortunately, the Mallacoota Recreation Reserve doesn’t currently have a clubroom facility that can offer safe and functional spaces for players, umpires, volunteers and supporters.
The Mallacoota Recreation Reserve and Halls Committee working in partnership with the East Gippsland Shire has worked over many years to plan, design and fund the development of a contemporary community clubroom facility. Fortunately, we are now able to deliver a new Community Clubroom facility within the Mallacoota Recreation Reserve.
The Mallacoota Community Clubrooms proposal includes facilities for umpires, officials, volunteers, and players. The building includes changerooms and showers, toilets, a large multipurpose room, meeting room, first-aid room, kitchen, BBQ and storage areas. External deck areas that face the oval and tennis courts are also included in the proposal. The proposal also includes a 27kw solar energy and battery storage system.
The project has successfully attracted two grants from the Australian Government and a contribution from the East Gippsland Shire. The Community Development Grants Programme is contributing $250,000 and a grant of $725,590 is coming from the Building Better Regions Fund. The East Gippsland Shire Council will contribute $350,000 to the delivery of the project.
One of the most challenging aspects of the Clubrooms project has been finding a position for the new building. Over the last twelve months three sites have been investigated. The sites that have been investigated include near the Kindergarten, south of the Mudbrick Building, and near the Tennis Courts.
The original and most preferred site near the Kindergarten has been found to contain a significant amount of buried cultural heritage material and is unsuitable for a development of this type. The site near the Mudbrick Building has several constraints including bushfire related constraints relating to the closeness of the nearby bush. The site near the Tennis Courts has been found to have the least constraints and has many positive attributes that on balance have resulted in the Tennis Court site being the most preferred and practical development site.
Like many projects of this type and scale, the proposed Community Clubroom building requires both planning and building approval. A planning permit application has been lodged with the East Gippsland Shire Council and the outcome of this should be known early in 2019.
Once the necessary approvals have been acquired the aim is to complete construction by the end of 2019. It is also intended to involve local Mallacoota contractors and suppliers in the construction phase so that the positive economic outcomes during the construction process can be maximized locally.
If you have any questions about the proposal and the planning permit process please contact the East Gippsland Shire Council. If you would like further information about the overall project please contact the Mallacoota Recreation Reserve and Halls Committee, or visit the ‘Your Say’ webpage https://yoursay.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/mallacoota-community-clubrooms.