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Media Release: 20 September 2017
City of Port Phillip
The JL Murphy Reserve Pavilion Upgrade has reached another milestone with the $3.5 million project moving into the final design phase.
Port Phillip Councillors last night endorsed the concept design and approved Council officers to start detailed design work for the upgrade to the in-demand Port Melbourne sporting venue.
Mayor Bernadene Voss said it was exciting to see this important grassroots project take a further step forward.
“We have worked hard to achieve the best possible outcome so sporting clubs and members of the wider Port Phillip community can enjoy this wonderful resource for years to come. There will be even more demand for this fantastic facility as Fishermans Bend grows,” Cr Voss said.
“Our Council is especially pleased that the accessible change rooms being provided for all genders and abilities will allow greater participation by female players and those with disabilities.”
Cr Voss thanked community members who contributed suggestions during public consultation on the concept design.
“We are taking up their great ideas of improving the visual appeal of the Williamstown Road side of the pavilion, including audio visual facilities in the upgraded community space and investigating vegetated green walls and incorporating murals to deter graffiti.”
Council has committed $2.2 million to the upgrade, the Victorian Government has contributed $1.2 million and sporting clubs which use the facility are finalising a $200,000 contribution.
Council hopes to start construction towards the end of 2018. Temporary facilities will be provided to allow sporting competitions continue on the reserve during the works.
The upgraded pavilion will have a larger community space, new public toilets, extra storage, an extended undercover area and new kitchen/kiosk.
Existing toilets and showers will be upgraded and the umpire rooms will become a unisex facility with a partition wall.
Image: A concept design for the JL Murphy Reserve Pavilion Upgrade. This will be refined during the detailed design phase.
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