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Kingsville TC opens doors to new pavilion thanks to Maribyrnong City Council

15 Aug 2019

Kingsville TC is a six court facility located in the inner West of Metropolitan Melbourne and proudly boasts a brand new multi-purpose pavilion fully funded by Maribyrnong City Council. With a large modern social space, commercial kitchen and accessible amenities, the pavilion will be a community hub for the club’s members, coaching participants, competition players, community program participants, as well as the wider Maribyrnong community.

The club acknowledges that the development of their new pavilion could not have been possible without their strong relationship with Maribyrnong City Council. President Marg Lind said that ‘…everything came down to relationships. We saw Council staff as regular people and part of the club and worked with them throughout the whole process. They were a part of our team.’

 

Marg said the first step to obtaining funding for a new clubhouse was a matter of timing and their approach. While there had been prior discussions for a few years, the club decided to approach Council when they were preparing their budgets and sent them a highlight video summarising what Kingsville TC offered in programs and how they were a critical aspect of providing benefit to their community. The simple one-minute video was effective as the Mayor responded within hours and discussions began straight away.

The club chose someone on their committee to be the dedicated Council representative whose role was to be the main contact for Council and to provide regular updates to the committee. The club felt that it was important to do this to avoid too many communication channels and to ensure they had the right person dealing with Council for this project – someone who was positive, patient and had excellent communication skills.

Throughout the project, the club was involved in overseeing building plans to ensure they suited the club’s needs, which provided them with the opportunity to upgrade the kitchen to a commercial standard with some input from club funds. These open and honest conversations were imperative that the club was going to be satisfied with the final result and led to new opportunities and ideas to potentially run a café or canteen out of their new kitchen.

Marg and the committee were extremely grateful for the work Maribyrnong City Council put into developing their new pavilion and thought they would show this appreciation with a simple thank you and acknowledgment of their hard work – a first for some of the Council staff. The pavilion officially opened on May 30, 2019, two years after the committee first send the highlight video. For a club that is committed to providing, ‘sport for all – regardless of age, level of ability,’ this new pavilion provides Kingsville TC with new opportunities to grow participation and provide a place for the community to meet and interact within Maribyrnong.

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