By JARROD POTTER
CITY of Greater Dandenong Council has struck a major funding deal for Edinburgh Reserve.
In a boon for Sandown Cobras Football Netball Club, the City of Greater Dandenong will commence close to a million dollars’ worth of renovations on the ageing Springvale-based pavilion and change rooms at the end of the football season.
The new pavilion will feature an enclosed viewing area, undercover shelter, commercial-grade kitchen and modernised change rooms.
City of Greater Dandenong Lightwood Ward councillor Sean O’Reilly said the pavilion renovations will be a great addition to the Springvale community and especially for the Cobras going into the 2015 season and beyond.
“This club has shown, and the leadership has shown, it has a great business plan to take it forward,” Cr O’Reilly said.
“Council is supporting a local facility and we don’t support particular clubs but in this case it’s a great bonus that we have such a strong club as the Sandown Cobras that are looking to kick more and more goals in the future.”
Sandown Cobras’ general manager Brett Phillips said the eagerly awaited pavilion upgrade will help push the team up the Southern Football League ladder.
“It means the world to the club,” Phillips said.
“It means we can be a serious player going forward and the long-term ambition of the club is to continue climbing the SFL Division 3 ladder.”
“This was the number-one project when I came here, that seriously if we were going to be a long-term, sustainable, good footy club, we needed the facilities to match.”
It is the second major announcement for Edinburgh Park this year with $110,000 of combined funding set to install match-lighting at the venue.
Sandown Cobras FNC wanted to thank the City of Greater Dandenong for it’s support to redevelop the reserve’s facilities.