Henry Turner South Reserve Pavilion construction kicks off

Published on 25 January 2022

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Construction of a $5.9 million multipurpose community pavilion at Henry Turner South Reserve kicked off last week. The new facility will support the needs of the local community and sporting clubs that call the Reserve in Footscray home.

Due to be complete by early 2023, the new pavilion will provide modern universally designed unisex facilities with access for people of all abilities; with the ultimate aim of increasing player participation and retention.

Henry Turner South is a large sporting reserve in Footscray catering to a range of local sporting competitions. Home to multiple clubs, including the Footscray Rugby Union Club in winter, and Western Crusaders Gridiron Club and the Footscray Edgewater Cricket Club in summer, the Reserve is located adjacent to Footscray Park and Victoria University’s Footscray Park Campus.

As part of the new pavilion, users will have access to a new, large multipurpose social space, a meeting room, commercial kitchen and four large change rooms with gender neutral amenities to support local competitions.

Thomas Gulliver, Committee Representative of the Footscray Rugby Union Club, which is the oldest sporting club at the Reserve, said the redevelopment of the pavilion is sure boost the clubs competition. The pavilion’s completion will also fall on the momentous occasion of the club’s 95th anniversary in the precinct in 2023.

“We’re really looking forward to the long awaited redevelopment of the pavilion, it’s sure to bring our club – and the other clubs that call the Reserve home – up to a standard that matches the local competitions we compete in. The new facilities and amenities will help support our strong senior competition, and enhance and encourage the growth and development of our junior competition, which is growing substantially each year.”

A new footpath will also be installed from the new pavilion to connect and provide safe access to Farnsworth Avenue and the tennis courts. The existing tennis hit up wall will be relocated to the southern side of the tennis courts.The Reserve will also receive fresh landscaping in the later stages of the works, once the new building has been constructed and the existing pavilion removed.

During the works, visitors will still be able to access the Reserve, tennis courts and Victoria University, however there will be detours in place around work zones for safety. Some parts of the southern end of the car park will also be closed. Signage will be installed throughout the site to support visitors navigate safely around the work zones.

The new pavilion is being constructed on the southern perimeter of the Reserve. The location of the new pavilion is different to that shown in the Footscray Park Masterplan 2011. This follows advice from Melbourne Water to avoid development within the existing floodplain.

The Henry Turner South Pavilion Redevelopment is being delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government.

If you would like further information about the project, please visit www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/HTSpavilion

Disclaimer: The schematic design image shown above is for illustrative purposes only.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran

Our entire community – including our sporting community – is continuing to grow, and the development of this new multipurpose community pavilion at Henry Turner South Reserve is a key part in supporting and enhancing this growth.

I look forward to watching the new pavilion come to life over the next twelve months, and I am sure the local clubs and visitors to the area will appreciate and enjoy the new facilities in the years to come.

Maribyrnong News

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Image: Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran celebrating the beginning of construction with club representatives that call the Reserve home. (L) Hayden Brown from the Western Crusaders Grid Iron Club, (M) Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran and (R) Charlie Sale from the Footscray Rugby Union Club.