Ablett Pavilion opening this Saturday

The Ablett Pavilion re-development at Myrtleford’s RC McNamara Recreation Reserve will be officially opened this Saturday 8 May by acting mayor Cr Daryl Pearce.

The $579,000 project has transformed the original pavilion into a fully accessible facility available for a broad range of community uses.

Building works for the project include

  • New access ramp and stairs to ensure the facility is accessible to people of all ages and abilities
  • New disability toilet facilities on lower and upper levels
  • New upper level viewing balcony
  • New upper level entrance foyer
  • New lower level spectator viewing area

The Myrtleford community raised $20,000 for the project. The Community Project Working Group and the Reserve Committee of Management put in countless hours of volunteer work with the Myrtleford Football Netball Club, Myrtleford Cricket Club, Ovens Valleys Canine Club and local service clubs.

Council contributed $124,000 to the project while the Victorian Government's regional development program ($285,000) and Federal Government's regional and local community infrastructure program ($150,000) funded the rest.

Council CEO Ian Nicholls said the facility would be a huge benefit to the community.

"The new building works will allow for universal access and ensures that the pavilion has been developed as a genuine multi-purpose community centre," he said.

"There is no other similar size community facility in Myrtleford. In some ways the Ablett Pavilion will function as a traditional town hall. The facility will be able to cater for large community functions and events, together with smaller local activities such as forums, meetings or school exam programs."

Mr Nicholls praised the Myrtleford community for their contribution to the project.

"For a small community like Myrtleford to raise $20,000 is outstanding," he said.

"The project had been in the development phase for eight years. Once the project construction started it took only four months to complete. It is a credit to everyone involved."

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