Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice officially opened the new sports change room facilities at Bon Thomas Reserve, 57A Quinn Street Deer Park, on Monday 1 October, along with Minister for Local Government, The Honourable Marlene Kairouz MP.
Local sport has been given a boost with the recent completion of the $610,000 female friendly sports change rooms at the Bon Thomas Reserve.
The change room upgrade was funded by Brimbank City Council, with Sport and Recreation Victoria contributing $100,000 towards the construction of the new change room facilities.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said the new change rooms are great news for local sport.
“The upgrades will accommodate men, women and juniors - a game changer for year round sport at the reserve.
“This project, coupled with a further $340,000 investment in sportsground lighting on oval one, is just the start of a list of improvements flagged for the Bon Thomas Reserve.
“Council has also committed $1.7 million for the redevelopment of the second sportsground with new flood lighting. This will open up the facility for year round use for men’s, women’s and junior sport and other activities.
“We’ve also completed works in sealing the existing gravel carpark and installing car park lighting at a cost of about $380,000.
“There will be a further investment of $220,000 for construction of a barbecue area, drinking fountain, extension of the playground, fitness equipment, access paths and park furniture.
“The Bon Thomas Reserve development delivers great news for the future of local sports and sports participation in Deer Park and Brimbank as a whole.
“New and updated sport and recreation facilities are an important part of ensuring people of all ages, abilities and gender have every opportunity to access and participate in sporting activities,” Cr Giudice said.
Council is planning for Stage Two developments at Bon Thomas Reserve, which will include a new sports pavilion, to accommodate the sportsground being developed on the site. The redevelopment will include a kitchen, new social community room, additional change rooms, first aid room, umpires change room and storage area. Construction is planned over several financial years, subject to Council budget approval.
Council has invested significantly in improving sporting facilities in Brimbank. In its 2018-2019 Budget, Council has committed $12.18 million in sporting facility upgrades and enhancements – an unprecedented investment in the health and wellbeing of our community.