The Kilsyth Recreation Reserve is home to the AFL Victoria Eastern Ranges TAC Program and provides participation opportunities for approximately 200 young people annually.
The pavilion will create a sporting “Centre of Excellence” for the Yarra Ranges community and allow for the establishment of an AFL Youth Girls Academy for the region.
It will also provide a home for AFL Yarra Ranges, which works with 33 junior and senior clubs within the Yarra Ranges Football League and Junior Football League within the region.
The new facility will include home-and-away unisex change rooms, unisex umpire rooms, meeting and lecture rooms for club development, gymnasium for high performance athletes within the region, office administration space and storage areas.
Liberal Member for Casey Tony Smith welcomed the announcement.
“This fantastic project will provide a first class sporting facility for footballers and athletes in our local community and the broader Eastern suburban area,” Mr Smith said.
“It will benefit not only our existing football teams, but also provide training and development opportunities for young female footballers with the establishment of the Youth Girl’s Football Academy.
“A re-elected Turnbull Liberal Team will provide this $500,000 of funding. It is fully budgeted and is part of our election costings.”
Yarra Ranges Council has already allocated $1 million to this redevelopment. A contribution of $500,000 from a re-elected Turnbull Liberal Team with the remaining funds to be contributed by AFL/AFL Victoria will make this project a reality.
Minister Nash said it was important to focus on developing communities for the future.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to creating the communities our future generations will want to live in,” Minister Nash said.
“Sporting clubs are the hub of our communities, and as a rural person myself, I know how important they are for local residents.”