03 May 2021

The Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club, Knox Boronia Churches Cricket Club and the Lysterfield Cricket Club now have more room to grow with the completion of female friendly pavilion upgrades at Colchester Reserve.

Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor has officially opened the new pavilion at the popular Boronia ground, made possible by a $500,000 boost from the Victorian Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund.

Up until recently the teams of the Raptors, Burras and Beavers have been limited by ageing clubrooms when it comes to growth and opening their doors to more players, especially women and girls.

The transformation of the pavilion featured the construction of four female-friendly and accessible change rooms with amenities, a female-friendly umpire’s change room, two first aid rooms, office, storeroom, and new accessible decking.

The developments provide the perfect venue for local rugby league and cricket to stage more training, competition games, development programs and local celebrations.
The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.05 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

From playspace upgrades to pavilion upgrades, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.

They are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.
Jackson Taylor acknowledged Knox City Council and Cricket Victoria for their commitment and financial contribution to the project.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor

“Grounds like Colchester Reserve are an important hub in the community. Knox residents deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.”

“The upgraded pavilion will go a long way to inspiring even more locals to join in the fun at these homegrown rugby league and cricket clubs. The clubs will have the capacity to welcome more women and girls, train longer and more frequently, and be able to compete at their club with excellent facilities.”

“Better facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back into local sport and recreation and live active and healthy lifestyles.”