Congratulations to Heathcote Football Netball Club and the City of Greater Bendigo who were awarded the state’s Best Community Football Facilities Project for the Barrack Reserve redevelopment.
Barrack Reserve is home to nine active sporting clubs in the Heathcote region. The $2 million project upgraded and expanded the main pavilion, adjacent change rooms, and surrounding landscape.
Heathcote FNC have gone from having one of the worst facility to one of the best in the league. Previously the club could not cater for Thursday night teas or functions on a Saturday because the building was cold and cramped and had no seating. They now have junior and senior meals on Thursday, catering for up to 100 meals. On a Saturday families can watch the football from inside. They also hold functions at the club, these have doubled in attendance creating a better sense of community.
The facility has assisted with community connectedness through new and established events and community collaboration, promoting social inclusion, health and wellbeing. It is an inviting setting that encourages participation in sporting and community events, enhancing opportunities for people of all ages, genders, abilities to interact, strengthening social connections and engagement in community life.
The facility had very little upgrades for 30 years and was in urgent need of attention. The redeveloped pavilion includes a new conference room, upgraded entry and foyer spaces, upgraded stadium change rooms, refurbished wet areas, a social room, refurbished multipurpose community room, a revamped time-keepers’ box, storage areas, a new kitchen/kiosk, upgraded football change rooms, upgraded umpire rooms and new netball court. The project provided an opportunity to create a strong civic hub to benefit
both the Heathcote Football Netball Club and the community.