More people in Officer will be getting more active, more often, following today’s official opening of the $310,000 pavilion at Officer Recreation Reserve by Member for Gembrook, Brad Battin.
Representing the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty, Mr Battin joined members from the Rythdale OfficerCardinia (ROC) Football and Netball Clubs at local celebrations marking the completion of the new pavilion featuring new player and umpire change rooms, office space canteen, first aid room and community space.
“Local clubs play a vital role in getting more people, more active more often, throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria,” Mr Battin said.
“The new pavilion provides modern amenities and extra space for the growing numbers of men, women and juniors wanting to participate as players, officials, or volunteers at ROC as well as Officer Cricket Club, Auskick; Officer Kangaroos Junior Football Club and the 1st Officer Scout Group also based at the reserve.
“These are just some of the many reasons why the Victorian Government is proud to invest in great venues where residents can enjoy the sports they love,” he said.
Mr Battin said the Victorian government provided $100,000 towards the new pavilion as part of an election commitment.
“Our investment ensures local venues like Officer Recreation Reserve continue to be an important community asset for many years to come,” Mr Battin said.
“Having quality sporting facilities is central to encouraging more Victorians to get more active, more often, which is a top priority for this Government,” he said.
Mr Battin commended Cardinia Shire Council for its significant contribution of more than $210,000 towards the project.
“This has been a team effort and it’s fantastic to see this important project come to fruition,” Mr Battin said.
“The project was a result of listening to local people and working collaboratively with each of our project partners,” he said.
Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Brett Owen acknowledged the vital assistance of the reserve’s user groups, especially the Reserve Committee of Management and the Rythdale Officer Cardinia
“Council wants to see families getting out there, getting active and enjoying their sport. By providing new and improved facilities like the pavilion at Officer Recreation Reserve, Council is
helping to build a stronger and healthier Cardinia Shire,” Cr Owen said.
For more information about community sporting facility funding programs on offer, please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au