A new sporting pavilion will be built in Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve, following a motion by Councillors.
Councillors discussed the planning application, which entails buildings and works to construct a replacement sports pavilion, use of land for a place of assembly (community hub) and associated vegetation removal at 45 Tramway Road, Mount Evelyn.
The proposal is for a replacement sporting pavilion at the Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve, removing the current pavilion and the relocatable changerooms at the site, replacing the building with a two storey sporting facility that features:
- four change rooms,
- umpires and officials amenities,
- accessible toilets,
- first-aid room,
- storage facilities,
- a community room,
- upstairs meeting room, and
- a multi-purpose room and foyer.
Two accessible car parks are also proposed in the application.
The building area under the proposal would expand from 487 square metres to 848 square metres, with 20 trees proposed for removal to accommodate the project (14 of these need a permit for removal).
The project is a result of the Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve Masterplan in 2017, which set out the vision for future use and development of the reserve, balancing recreation needs and aspirations and the environmental sensitivity of nearby Powerful Owl habitat.
Objections were received to the application, regarding the extent of tree removal and impacts on local wildlife.
Council officers reported that the applicant had undertaken negotiations with the CFA to ensure the building would meet defendable space requirements while reducing the extent of vegetation loss. The applicant offered to offset the vegetation loss via a third party, which became a condition of their planning permit.
This project is being funded by Council, the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and local sporting clubs.
Councillors acknowledged the contributions of the various clubs, community groups and agencies engaged in the project and unanimously voted to approve the application.