Changes Coming At Cowes Recreation Reserve


New portable change rooms will be built at the Cowes Recreation Reserve after the Phillip Island Football Netball Club received $160,000 in grants for the proposed Change Rooms Building Project.

Bass Coast Shire Council submitted a successful application to the State Government’s Country Football Netball Program, with Member for Bass, Ken Smith, announcing $100,000 funding at the Reserve on Wednesday morning.

This funding will be combined with $60,000 from the Bendigo Community Bank for the construction of a new purpose built, multi-functional building designed to achieve a minimum 7 star rating.

Thompson Ward Councillor, Andrew Phillips, said the project will improve the quality of participation for the 175 football and netball players registered with the club.

The new building will incorporate a change room and amenities for visiting football teams, and provision of change rooms and amenities for home and visiting netball teams, as well as designed to be converted into multi-purpose meeting spaces.

“The existing football change rooms are sub-standard in size and there are currently no existing change room facilities for the netballers,” Cr Phillips said.

“The proposed project will deliver a flexible, modern community asset that will help maintain the existing football and netball participation levels by providing quality change room, shower and toilet facilities which are essential to the enjoyment of playing an active sport.

“They will also mitigate the risk to vulnerable members of the community by ensuring that a dedicated, safe and secure and fully accessible facility is provided for home and visiting netballers.”

Cr Phillips said the project will also support and encourage participation in AFL Auskick programs, and be available for other community uses such as the popular Relay For Life events held at the Cowes Recreation Reserve.

“The project is a key priority in the Phillip Island Football Netball Club Strategic Plan 2013-2016,” Cr Phillips said.

“The Club has the capacity to contribute over $150,000 towards the project and have received letters of support from AFL Gippsland, the Alberton Football Netball League and Phillip Island Cricket Club.”

The project will be managed by the Club and Council.