Boost for grassroots sports in Tyabb

Published on 11 February 2019

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Members of the Tyabb sporting community can look forward to the Tyabb Sporting Pavilion being extended at Bunguyan Reserve in Tyabb.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill and Watson Ward Councillor Julie Morris and Greg Hunt MP – Federal Member for Flinders joined at the reserve on Friday 8 February to celebrate the exciting project.

This project is jointly funded and supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire ($620,907), the Federal Government ($150,000) and the Victorian Government ($100,000).

This project is part of the Shire’s Sports Pavilion Strategy and has been accelerated in response to the rapid increase in female participation at the reserve.

The proposed works include:

  • demolition of the existing playground and hardstand area; with the reconstruction a of new playground during the works.
  • construction of two female-friendly changerooms directly adjacent to the existing pavilion.
  • two unisex ambulant toilets and six shower cubicles.
  • internal furniture and fit-out.
  • upgrade of the existing service supplies to the pavilion.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “thanks to a collaboration with the Shire, the Federal Government and Victorian Government, the Tyabb community will see a great boost for grassroots football and cricket, giving local clubs the ability to grow and allow them to stage more training and programs”.

Watson Ward Councillor Julie Morris said “we want girls to be able to play more sports on the Peninsula, so we are working hard to provide the right facilities to make this happen. These soon-to-be improved sports facilities in Tyabb will allow better usability and put us another step closer to creating an all-inclusive peninsula”.

Greg Hunt MP – Federal Member for Flinders said in the past few years we have seen an exponential increase in female sport participation across Australia, the Mornington Peninsula is no different.

“Girls and young women are watching AFLW, the WBBL, the W-League and many other professional sporting codes and seeing there are now many avenues to pursue their sporting dreams.

“Here in Tyabb, we heard stories of local women having to get changed for training or their games in their cars due to a lack of facilities for them here at Bunguyan Reserve. This funding, combined with Shire and Victorian Government Funds, will help produce facilities that will allow local women to go to the next sporting level.”

The Shire has already completed four pavilion change rooms in 2017/18 as part of the $1.8 million commitment to upgrade current facilities to make them more female friendly.