The new $2.5-million pavilion and tennis and netball courts at Harley Hammond Reserve in Broadford were officially opened last week, updating the facilities for increased sporting opportunities.
Two new competition standard shared-use tennis and netball courts and a new pavilion with female-friendly change rooms featured in the upgrade, as well as the installment of 350 lux lighting and the resurfacing of another two courts.
The Broadford tennis and netball clubs currently have more than 280 members between them, with the new facilities now able to cope with the increasing numbers.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the project would be a much-needed improvement for the Broadford community.
“As a Broadford local I am very proud to see this investment into our local sporting clubs. New facilities complete with female-friendly changerooms are an important addition to support the growth of community sport in our town,” she said.
“The new pavilion and courts are a great way for our community to connect and bring them together for the big games.”
The project was completed with the help of a $500,000 State Government investment, provided through the Community Support Fund in conjunction with a contribution of $2 million from Mitchell Shire Council and $14,000 from the Harley Hammond Reserve Committee of Management.
Committee of Management president Peter Duncan said the project was a community effort that will improve the reserve.
“This is a great new building because both of the club rooms were outdated, they’d been put there by the members 40 years ago or more, so this is a breath of fresh air,” he said.
“As a community id like to thank the council and the government for the money that they’ve put into it.”
The project took about four years to complete, with the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors with different groups involved drawing out the process.
Broadford Tennis Club president and coach Melissa Douglas said the new pavilion would allow for more opportunities for different events at the club.
“I think it’ll be fantastic just to be able to hold a few functions with great facilities, change rooms and toilets,” she said.
“Broadford’s growing so it’s quite a big clubhouse that will hopefully get utilised the netball and the tennis club and we’re very grateful for what’s happened.
“There was a bit of history [in the old building], but things change and the new building will hopefully last us for many years to come.”
Mayor Bill Chisholm thanked the tireless efforts of the Harley Hammond Reserve Committee of Management and the committee and organisers who manage the local sports clubs.
“Without the State Government, council and these dedicated people working in unison, these types of projects just do not happen,” he said.
“These ongoing partnerships provide the best possible outcomes for those living in our communities and those that will call Mitchell home in years to come.
“We want to see more women and girls getting involved in local sport and these upgrades make Harley Hammond Reserve much more accessible and welcoming.”