What's been happening

A new pavilion, complete with community meeting areas opened on Saturday 17th August to serve local sports clubs and groups across the Monbulk area. 

James Merlino Community event

Deputy Premier James Merlino officially opened the facility, which was supported by the Victorian Government through $1 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund and $600,000 from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The Monbulk Community and Sports Pavilion will assist more girls and women to participate in football and sports, welcoming all ages, abilities and genders. The facility includes: 

  • A community gathering space,
  • change room facilities with unisex change,
  • showers and amenities,
  • umpire change facilities,
  • a gymnasium,
  • first aid/training room,
  • kitchen and canteen facilities,
  • storage rooms, and
  • a covered spectator viewing area.

Minister Merlino congratulated the Yarra Ranges Council and community for raising substantial funding, which contributed towards the $3.8 million project.

Project contributions:

  • Council - $1.4 million 
  • Monbulk Reserve Development Group - $200,000
  • Commonwealth Government- $600,000

The new pavilion provides a modern, multi-functional, purpose-built recreational and sporting facility with an emphasis on community connections.

James Merlino, Deputy Premier

The Kilsyth Centre of Excellence has been redeveloped to welcome Australian Rules players of all ages and abilities.

Kilsyth Centre for Excellence

The Victoria Government contributed $900,000 to the $2.95 million project through the 2016/17 Growing Suburbs Fund. The project was delivered by the Yarra Ranges Shire Council, which contributed $1 million towards the centre. The Australian Government, through the Community Development Grants Program and the AFL, provided $500,000 and $550,000 respectively towards the project. This Kilsyth Centre for Excellence is home to the AFL Victorian Eastern Ranges Football Club and the AFL Yarra Ranges Region Commission, with the upgrade to deliver elite male and female training and competition facilities specialising in coaching and player development, and further opportunities for youths of all skill levels. The centre redevelopment included a multi-purpose space, mixed gender change rooms, umpire spaces, a kitchen, administration facilities, gymnasium, storage and associated amenities.

The upgrade will support more than 3500 people through the junior and female finals AFL Outer East.

Other programs supported include:

  • AFL Youth Girls Academy – 120 participants
  • Junior Interleague AFL Outer East (Male and Female) - 300 participants
  • Coach Education and development Programs - 500 participants
  • Interleague Training, and Camps - 150 participants
  • Eastern Ranges School holiday Programs, trial days and development programs - 100 participants
  • AFL Outer East AGM's and Club Development Sessions - 200 participants
  • Eastern Ranges Jumper Presentations - 200 participants
  • Under 9 Footy Frenzy days – 500 participants
  • Auskick 7's carnivals – 500 participants

Kilsyth Building Internal External

The Growing Suburbs Fund is delivering new and upgraded facilities to communities in the City of Wyndham.

This week see’s the opening of the much-anticipated Williams Landing Integrated Sports and Community Hub and the commencement of construction at Golden Square Reserve.

The completed pavilion at Williams Landing Reserve includes 5 gender equitable change rooms with shower and toilet amenities, umpire change room, community meeting space, kitchen, public toilets, first aid room, internal and external storage space and a cleaner’s room.

This is the last piece of the puzzle for the reserve which also includes two flexible ovals that will be able to accommodate multiple sports, six tennis courts, a children’s playground, a basketball half-court and cricket nets.

This new sports and community hub will provide this growing community with a place to socialise and connect with each other in a safe and welcoming environment, with state-of-the-art facilities. It serves a population of more than 100,000 residents. This figure set to grow by over 60% by 2036 to 150,000.

This project was supported by a $1,905,000 contribution from the 2017-18 Growing Suburbs Fund, with Wyndham City Council also contributing $1,905,000.

Williams Landing Opening

The first sod has been turned on the upgrade of the Golden Square Reserve. This project will deliver essential open space facilities that will be accessible to all in the Hoppers Crossing community.

Upgrades will include a new shelter and picnic settings, large kickabout area, new half-court basketball area, pathway improvements, reinvigorated play space, natural play elements, landscaping and planting. Works are expected to be completed by November 2019.

The project was supported by a $325,000 contribution from the 2018-19 Growing Suburbs Fund with Wyndham City Council contributing $341,000.

Golden Square

Page last updated: 17/09/19