Big win: stellar sports reserve to get even better!

 Members of Hume Little Athletics Club with the Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, Hume Mayor Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou, and the State Member for Broadmeadows, Frank McGuire.
Winning: Members of Hume Little Athletics Club flank Minister Natalie Hutchins, Mayor Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou and Frank McGuire MP.

Children who take part in little athletics will be big winners as Hume City Council upgrades the pavilion at the John Ilhan Memorial Reserve in Meadow Heights.

Hume will spend $1.9 million on the project, of which one part is to create a new multipurpose space for the reserve’s pavilion.

The Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, today announced that the Victorian Government would contribute $500,000 to the development.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, today thanked the Victorian Government for its investment.

“It’s a terrific day for Meadow Heights, and I’m very grateful to the Victorian Government which has agreed to help us build a facility for the whole community,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The Hume Little Athletics Club has 150 members but it can’t expand without a dedicated area within the pavilion to store equipment and support its operations.

“We want to help the athletics club to further assist the children of Meadow Heights and beyond, and I’m confident this project will make a big difference.

“Hume City Council will build a modern meeting space, improve change room facilities, and construct storage and office areas.

“We’ll also install lights to assist soccer players who train at night, and expand the reserve’s car park to cater for more people.”

Construction will commence from June 2016, and is expected to be complete by March 2017.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the development would enable people from across the community to utilise the pavilion.

“The new adaptable space at the pavilion will be available for community groups to utilise,” she said.

“It will be a modern room that shall enable people in Meadow Heights to get together close to home, without the need to travel to another suburb.

“The area will help local residents in Meadow Heights to make new friends, and be part of organisations that regularly spark new interests and hobbies.

“It shall be a terrific addition to a suburb that currently has very few centres where people can come together and meet.”

The John Ilhan Memorial Reserve accommodates the home games of the Hume City Football Club, which plays in Victoria’s top soccer competition, the Victorian Premier League.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council was proud to build top class sporting reserves and pavilions.

“Sport plays a powerful role in Hume, because it instils discipline and requires people to work as a team,” she said.

“The soccer and little athletics clubs at John Ilhan Memorial Reserve help their members to keep fit and enjoy great social activities.

“The development which will take place at the reserve is exciting, and I thank the State Member for Broadmeadows, Frank McGuire, who has advocated in support of it.”

The Victorian Government has invested in the project through its Interface Growth Fund.

For further information on the John Ilhan Memorial Reserve, located on Barry Road, Meadow Heights, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 15 March 2016

Updated : 3:34 PM, 18 March 2016

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