Saturday, September 18, 2021

Goulburn sports pavilion almost ready for kick off

Local contractors are in the final stages of the fit-out of Goulburn’s new Cookbundoon Pavilion, with the project due to be completed this month.

Goulburn Mulwaree Councillors have resolved to name the building the Graham Coe Pavilion after the Southern Tablelands Football Association’s founding member.

The new pavilion includes six change rooms, a function room, canteen, officials change rooms, public amenities, storeroom, office and an undercover verandah.

“Soccer is perhaps the largest sport in our region based on player numbers, and this upgrade to provide essential facilities such as change rooms for our female players was overdue,” said Mayor Bob Kirk.

“I am pleased to see it now completed to a high standard, and I hope to be able to officially open it soon once restrictions are eased. It would be great to see the facilities utilised in 2021, so I hope the STFA are able to complete their finals series as planned.”

Federal Member for Hume, Angus Taylor said the pavilion was a significant investment in the Goulburn community.

“Seeing facilities like this being delivered is another big win for the local community, and I’m looking forward to enjoying a game at Cookbundoon when local sport resumes,” said Mr Taylor.

STFA Football Manager Craig Norris said the association was excited to use the new pavilion.

“The addition of change rooms and in particular for our girls is huge for the sport, and will be a game changer. Female participation in soccer in our region is on the rise, with nearly a third of all our participants now being females which is fantastic.”

$572,884 for the project was obtained through the Federal Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, with Goulburn Mulwaree Council also contributing $500,000. The project was undertaken by local company ARW Multigroup, who were awarded the tender in November 2020.

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