Queenscliff Sports Club Building Enhancement Project
The redevelopment of the Monahan Centre was officially opened on Saturday 22 February 2014 by Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Hugh Delahunty.
The Queenscliff Sports Club building, known as the Monahan Centre, was originally opened in 1977. When the building was opened it offered residents of the Borough the opportunity to participate in squash, basketball, indoor cricket and volleyball and provided facilities for the well-established outdoor cricket and football teams. Unfortunately, over the Monahan Centre's 30-plus year life the facility has come to be used less frequently because of the changing levels of popularity of some of the sports offered as well as the changing facility requirements of the different sports.
The Queenscliff Sports Club recognised a need to update the Monahan Centre to ensure that it provided facilities that the current day community would utilise well into the future. Over much of the past decade the Sports Club worked to develop a proposal for the redevelopment of the centre. The State Government contributed funding of $500,000 to undertake the project through the 2008–09 round of the Community Facility Funding Program. Local cash contributions to the project included the Borough of Queenscliffe ($250,000), Queenscliff Sports Club ($100,000), Football and Netball Club ($75,000) and Queenscliff Cricket Club ($75,000). In addition to this, an estimated $500,000 of in-kind services have been provided.
Because only limited funds were available, the project was undertaken utilising a unique community partnership model for construction. This model utilised the skills of local tradespeople within the sporting community providing at-cost labour and materials and in some instances in-kind goods and services. The hard work and good will of these community members has enabled the Queenscliff Sports Club Building Enhancement Project to be realised, with stage 1 works completed.
This project has resulted in:
- The creation of multi use community meeting rooms
- Home and away team sporting change rooms, including provision for both male and female match officials
- A medical treatment area
- A large function area serviced by a commercial standard kitchen
- Canteen for game day, helping clubs to raise money
- Upgraded grandstand seating, using materials from the Doug Wade stand at Kardinia Park
- The verandah
- All abilities access to all areas of the building
- Space for office
- Storage areas for the various sporting clubs.
Future stages of the redevelopment will also provide a gym, and a spa and sauna.
Enquiries regarding this project can be lodged with Customer Service.