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Kilmore’s JJ Clancy Reserve a hub of all things

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The Kilmore community can now enjoy the new JJ Clancy Reserve Community Recreation Hub following its official opening last week.

The integrated community facility will ensure that one of Kilmore’s busiest recreational centres is better prepared for the region’s growth.

Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, was in Kilmore to officially open the project that included a new shared use community facility, new little athletic facilities and a new play space to serve the broader community.

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Designed to meet the evolving needs of the community, the project introduces a versatile shared-use facility catering to local sports clubs and community organisations.

A $3.4 million grant from the Growing Suburbs Fund and $1.3 million from Mitchell Shire Council brought the project to reality.

The JJ Clancy Reserve Committee of Management also contributed $70,000 to fit out the new building, which included a $16,000 grant from the Bendigo Bank to install audio visual equipment.

The new hub delivers community and social space, changing facilities and storage, a new play space, landscape works an upgrade to car parking and relocation of Little Athletics field event facilities.

The JJ Clancy Reserve is home to more than 900 registered players and supporters from Kilmore Football Netball Club, Kilmore Junior Football Club, Kilmore Tennis Club, Kilmore Netball Club, U3A Kilmore and Kilmore Little Athletics.

The completed project reflects local needs and provides a place to help strengthen community connections with space for social gatherings and events, while encouraging greater recreation activities for Kilmore residents.

Ms Symes acknowledged Mitchell Shire Council for its commitment to the project and financial contribution of $1,306,000 towards the new hub.

“It’s wonderful to see this brand-new JJ Clancy Hub complete and ready to service our local community with a welcoming and inclusive space. Crucial community infrastructure projects in growing communities like Kilmore are improving liveability, bringing families together and boosting local economies,” Ms Symes said.

JJ Clancy Reserve Committee of Management President Krissy Clement said the state-of-the-art facility will not only elevate the experiences of current user groups but also open doors to new possibilities for community engagement and collaboration.

“We’re thrilled to see our vision for JJ Clancy Reserve taking shape with the emergence of this modern facility. It will serve as a welcoming space for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and connect,” Ms Clement said.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Louise Bannister said the completion of the project marks a significant milestone in efforts to enhance recreational infrastructure in Kilmore.

“With modern amenities and versatile spaces, this facility is well-equipped to meet the evolving needs of our growing community. From hosting large-scale events to providing essential amenities and recreational opportunities, it will play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life for residents in Kilmore and beyond” Cr Bannister said.

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