Reclink Australia representatives, including CEO Dave Wells, Senior Sports Coordinator Lorcan Mathews and Sports Coordinator Brendan Murphy, were in attendance recently when the Victorian Government confirmed the Galvin Park Football and Cricket Pavilion Redevelopment as one of three recipients to receive $2 million in the ‘Growing Suburbs Fund’ grants.
In addition, the Galvin Park Pavilion Redevelopment will receive an additional $1 million for female-friendly amenities that will enable the equalisation of participation opportunities for all people to be involved in sport in the outer western suburbs of Melbourne.
Dave, Brendan and Lorcan were joined by Tim Pallas MP (Victorian Treasurer), Melissa Horne MP (Minister for Suburban Development), Cr Peter Maynard (Mayor of City of Wyndham) and Stephen Wall (Wyndham City CEO) at the Galvin Park facility recently to announce the funding (pictured, above).
Also represented were members from the Werribee Centrals Football and Cricket Clubs, who currently utilise the facilities to service members of the community across the winter and summer months, respectively.
The Wyndham City Council were responsible for $1.6 million in funding towards the project.
Excitingly, the finished project will also see Reclink Australia using Galvin Park as a core program delivery space, which would include a permanent office space for Reclink Australia staff members based out of the western suburbs.
Reclink Australia hosted workshops for young people living in Wyndham in conjunction with VicHealth and YLab Global in July as part of the newly-announced ‘Future Active’ initiative.
One of the outcomes from young people aged 16-25 providing their feedback in these workshops was to further utilise the vast expanses of Galvin Park for additional sports and recreation programs, with Reclink Australia set to join VicHealth and ActiVIC in the near future to activate these facilities.
Lorcan welcomed the announcements and was already looking forward to the future possibilities with the Galvin Park space being utilised.
“With Galvin Park being such an integral component to the wider western metropolitan community, we at Reclink Australia cannot wait to explore and develop the enormous scope and potential that this facility allows,” he said.
“I – along with the rest of my team – have seen first-hand the possibilities this facility enables, and we at Reclink Australia cannot wait to initiate our sporting events, activities and programs at such a central, key location.
“This will be a ‘game-changer’ for those living in Wyndham.”
Reclink Australia subsequently used Galvin Park to play host to a ‘Footy Day’ on the Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday on Tuesday 1st November (pictured, below), which saw participants brave the wet and muddy conditions for an afternoon of fun activities and games.
We would also like to acknowledge the Werribee Centrals Football Club for allowing access to the ground on the public holiday and for the donation of a new match ball before the games kicked off.
Reclink Australia thank the Victorian Government and the Wyndham City Council for their ongoing investment in these important projects.
Main Image: Wyndham City Council.