King George Reserve clubs to get the pavilion upgrade they deserve

Bentleigh’s footballers and cricketers are celebrating a major upgrade to the pavilion at King George Vl Memorial Reserve.

Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos today announced an extra $275,000 to upgrade the pavilion.

In 2016, Mr Staikos announced $100,000 to develop female friendly facilities at the Reserve, funded from the Andrews Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Fund – Female Friendly Facilities category.

Planning for that upgrade has uncovered broader issues at the pavilion, with the need to redevelop the administrative and social section of the pavilion.

This work is outside the funding allocated by the government and Glen Eira Council.

Mr Staikos today announced the Andrews Government will provide the extra funding through its Community Support Fund to ensure the entire project can be completed.

The reserve is home to the Bentleigh Junior Football Club, Bentleigh ANA Cricket Club and East Bentleigh Central Cricket Club.

With record numbers of people signing up to community sport, and a surge of interest by women and girls in cricket and footy, the clubs were being held back by the poor facilities at the pavilion.

Now, thanks to the Andrews Government, aspiring and established cricketers and footballers in Bentleigh will be able to get out on the oval and play the game they love, whatever their ability.

The Andrews Government is getting on with delivering more quality sport and recreation facilities across the state. Through the 2018/19 State budget an additional $60 million is allocated to our Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and an additional $15 million for Female Friendly Facilities.

The total cost of the project is $1.6 million, with construction commencing in August.

Mr Staikos acknowledged project partner Glen Eira Council for its commitment and significant financial contribution to the project.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos MP

“For too long, the footballers and cricketers at King George Reserve have been held back by poor facilities – the Andrews Government is partnering with Glen Eira Council to upgrade the pavilion so everyone can enjoy modern, safe and accessible facilities.

“The upgraded pavilion will help the footy and cricket clubs cater for growing demand, and for growing interest from women and girls.”