All Approved Mate!

These three words from Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood AM represent a huge day in the history of our club following the approval for the long awaited $2.6m redevelopment of Western Pavilion.

Back in July 2019, Melbourne City Council approved funding in the 2019/20 budget to complete designs for the renewal of Brens, Ryder and Western Oval sporting pavilions in Royal Park.

A working party was formed with the major stakeholders of the current pavilion - RPBCC, Melbourne Uni Lacrosse Club & Swordcraft - who we would like to thank for their assistance throughout the process.

RPBCC Executive Committee member Tom Crabtree presented at both the Melbourne City Council budget night in June 2019 and once again in June 2020 to put our case forward, which was looked upon very favourably. After many meetings, some healthy debate and dialogue between the stakeholders the status is this; design plans for the pavilion would go out to tender, with construction planned to start in December 2020.

“The new Western Pavilion will provide change rooms for umpires, plus four gender-neutral change rooms, which means more teams can use the facilities,” Mr Wood said.

“We will now be able to start the process with Heritage Victoria to gain approval to undertake the works. Pending a timely heritage approval process, we are currently planning to commence works in December 2020, with a proposed completion date of September 2021. It is very exciting to be at this point, and as things progress from here, we will provide further updates. As we get closer to a confirmed project start date, we will be in touch regarding any particular considerations and arrangements required during the construction period.” - Dale Stewart (Senior Recreation Planner - Recreation and Waterways).

I’m sure many of you will have questions, please contact us privately and we will do our best to answer what we can. There is currently only a concept drawing of the planned redevelopment, which we cannot publish. We are also looking for any feedback you may have in relation to the redevelopment, moving forward.


Scott Condon, Tom Crabtree & Andrew Hinkley

On behalf of RPBCC Executive Committee