Kimberley Reserve Pavilion given planning approval
Published on 26 February 2021
Council will soon begin construction on a new sporting pavilion in Kimberley Reserve, following planning approval at the Council meeting on 23 February.
Councillors unanimously voted to issue a planning permit for a new pavilion at the Chirnside Park reserve, replacing the original structure on site.
Chirnside Councillor, Richard Higgins, said that sporting clubs using the reserve – including the football club, netball club and cricket club – “desperately” needed the new facility.
“In the next couple years, by the time the pavilion is finished, the sporting clubs’ commitment to the community will be having more than 1000 members combined,” Cr Higgins said.
“This new pavilion will service the community extremely well. There are two grounds there and the pavilion will service them both, which will become quite unique.
“People will be able to watch football and cricket happening on the ovals in two different directions.
The construction project will replace the existing pavilion with a single-storey sporting pavilion, with a large community room, large meeting room, kitchen and drinks serving areas, four change rooms, unisex umpires’ rooms, storerooms for each sporting club and unisex toilet facilities for visitors (unlocked for public use and managed by Council).
The pavilion is expected to cost $3.7 million to build, with the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund contributing $1.85 million to the project.
Walling Ward Councillor, Len Cox, said the pavilion would address the lack of facilities for women playing sport in Chirnside.
“The current pavilion is lacking enough facilities for women, as a lot of our older buildings do,” he said.
“We’re having an enormous growth of women’s sporting teams in the region and we need to provide facilities for them – this pavilion will do just that and set up this reserve for the future, in one of our fastest-growing areas.”
The pavilion was a key part of Council’s Kimberley Reserve Master Plan, which was shaped by community feedback and adopted by Council in 2015.