Carving a new home for southern peninsula clubs

Published on 18 June 2018


Woodworkers of the Southern Peninsula (WOSP) and the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) are preparing for the exciting move to a new home in Capel Sound.

Both clubs will be relocating from Rosebud to Vern Wright Reserve ahead of works to construct the Rosebud Aquatic Centre.

WOSP will occupy a new, purpose-built facility constructed on the existing tennis courts and SPARC will relocate to the existing vacant tennis pavilion.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said “this is a great win-win result for the community.

“Our local woodworking and radio clubs will soon have a new and improved home and we have a state-of-the-art aquatic facility on track for completion in 2020”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi said “the need for more community activity at Vern Wright reserve was highlighted at the community open day held in January 2018, the presence of these clubs will help reinvigorate the area”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said “the addition of these two clubs to Vern Wright Reserve will increase the activity on the site and add a greater community presence”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Frank Martin said “this is a great opportunity to provide a quality facility for these clubs and deliver on requests from our local residents for more vegetation and landscaped areas which will be included as part of the works”.

Secretary of the Woodworkers of the Southern Peninsula, Greg Millar said “we’re pleased to be relocating to Vern Wright Reserve and, as a Community Group, will be happy to become a member and to contribute to the Vern Wright community.

“This new building will allow our group to increase our Toys for Underprivileged Children of the Peninsula Program and other local activities we participate in”.

President of the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club Howard Jones said “our members are enthusiastic about moving to a new larger club house at Vern Wright reserve.

“This will allow SPARC members to continue to develop and use modern communication technology, electronics and software and will provide an ideal location to work with Emergency Services and deploy our emergency communications support networks should an extreme weather or bushfire event occur on the peninsula”.

Construction of the new building is anticipated to commence October 2018 with clubs occupying the site by January 2019.

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PICTURE DETAILS (L-R): Shire’s Infrastructure Project Manager Sam Polatidis, WOSP Secretary Greg Millar, SPARC President Howard Jones, WOSP President John Bayless and Seawinds Ward Councillors Antonella Celi.

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