Work on the new Armstrong Creek sports pavilion has begun, meaning residents of Geelong’s fast-growing new suburb will soon have the sporting facilities they need.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today joined City of Greater Geelong CEO Kelvin Spiller to break ground at the construction site, where local builders Rendine Constructions are kicking off work.
The pavilion will support new clubs playing Australian rules football, netball, volleyball, cricket and soccer. It will include a social room with a kitchen, change rooms, umpires’ rooms, meeting spaces and administration facilities.
“The pavilion will deliver a much needed public sporting facility for Armstrong Creek, providing important physical and social infrastructure for the growing community”, Ms Tierney said.
Armstrong Creek consists of 2,500 hectares of developable land, and is one of the largest growth fronts in the country. It is forecast to provide approximately 22,000 residential homes for between 55,000 to 65,000 people.
The pavilion will lie between two sports fields, with a car park on the northern side and netball courts in the south. A children’s playground, public open space, pathways connecting to external trails and landscaped areas will also feature on the eight hectares of undeveloped land.
The Victorian Government is contributing $500,000 to the sports pavilion project and the City of Greater Geelong is contributing $3.18 million.
The construction commencement comes as residents continue to move into the growth suburb and the works are expected to be complete in approximately 12 months time.
Quotes attributable to Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria
“We’re proud to partner in the delivery of this important project, which will be a boon for local sporting clubs and the broader Armstrong Creek community.”
“Once complete, this new pavilion at Armstrong Creek will provide residents with opportunities to keep fit, build friendships and feel part of a team – as well as give our local clubs the facilities they need to grow and prosper.”
“As our city grows, it is critical that we plan the appropriate community infrastructure for people of all ages – to make sure our residents have the recreation spaces they need for wellbeing.”
“Today marks important progress for one of the state’s prime growth areas and the Victorian Government is committed to seeing this new community thrive.”