Premier opens new pavilion in Mount Helena

THE Premier of Western Australia officially opened the Elsie Austin Oval Pavilion today.

Deputy Shire President Patrick Bertola said it was a great honour for the Premier to officiate the opening ceremony.

"The Elsie Austin Oval Pavilion will provide our local sporting clubs with a space to socialise and relax after a hard day on the field," he said.

"Constructed next to the existing change rooms the facility includes new toilets, a kiosk, servery and an area to host functions. It will also be able to be booked by the community.

"This was a community-driven project and the Shire notes the hard work and effort by the Council Advisory Committee to help design the building and develop the project to this point."

Cr Bertola said the completion of Elsie Austin Oval Pavilion was an exciting milestone for the Shire. The $1.1million project began in September 2015 and was completed earlier in March.

"It is the first of four major infrastructure projects due for completion between 2016 and 2017," Cr Bertola said.

"Our other projects include the redevelopment of Mundaring Community Sculpture Park in Mundaring, the new Boya Community Hub and Mundaring Indoor Recreation Centre."

Premier Colin Barnett officially opened the pavilion during a ceremony on Friday 18 March. Representatives from project supporters Department of Sport and Recreation and local sporting groups were also in attendance.

The ceremony followed the official opening of the Morgan John Morgan Reserve redevelopment.

Representatives from project supporters Lotterywest and Glen Forrest Resident and Ratepayers Association were in attendance as the Premier officially declared the playground open.

"The Glen Forrest Resident and Ratepayers Association have been instrumental in this reserve's development," Cr Bertola said.

"The new equipment pieces, shaded swings and turf have transformed the train park and we've had great feedback already from people who are willing to travel from far and wide to enjoy the Reserve.

"We hope the community enjoy and treasure it for many years to come."

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18/03/2016
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