Key milestone achieved for community facility in Bellbird Park

Key milestone achieved for community facility in Bellbird Park.

Works on a vibrant multi-use community facility at Drouin’s Bellbird Park have achieved a key milestone with the tender awarded to Langden Constructions Pty Ltd and construction scheduled to begin.

Two years in planning, the $4.1 million project will reinvigorate Bellbird Park with a new female friendly multi-use pavilion for users of the park’s eastern section including hockey, soccer, and cricket clubs, local schools and community groups.

Designed with wider community use and events in mind, the facility will include commercial kitchen facilities, audio-visual equipment, flexible room configurations and the construction of a new carpark and drop-off zone.

The project plans were designed in collaboration with a Project Reference Group (PRG) that included representatives from local sporting clubs and community members.

As part of the PRG supported plans, the site’s existing buildings – including the Rumble Pavilion – had been slated for demolition as a component of redevelopment works.

However, following the presentation of 250-signature petition in support of retaining the Rumble Pavilion for community use, Council has moved to reconsider its demolition pending further study. A report considering the existing building’s proposed community uses and the costs associated with its refurbishment and retention will be presented to Council no later than April 2022.

With the tender for the multi-use pavilion now awarded, works on this exciting community facility are scheduled to get underway.

First stage works will comprise the construction of the new carpark and are scheduled to begin in January 2022. Second stage works, which comprise construction of the new multi-use community facility itself, will follow.

This project is being delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government, with Council contributing $2 million and the Victorian Government contributing $2 million from its Growing Suburbs Fund.

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