Mallacoota Community Clubrooms Project

Quality public open space contributes to the character and liveability of a place and encourages social inclusion.

In 2015 the Mallacoota community identified the need for a multipurpose, accessible community building to act as a base for the many clubs and groups that exist in the area.

The Mallacoota Community Clubrooms project will deliver the highest priority infrastructure proposal from the Mallacoota Recreation Reserve Master Plan, and serve the community now and into the future.

Australian Government Building Our Future LogoWe were successful in securing two Australian Government grants to deliver the Mallacoota Community Clubrooms project: $250,000 from the Community Development Grants Programme and $725,590 from the Building Better Regions Fund.

East Gippsland Shire Council will contribute $350,000 to the delivery of the project.

Quality public open space contributes to the character and liveability of a place and encourages social inclusion.

In 2015 the Mallacoota community identified the need for a multipurpose, accessible community building to act as a base for the many clubs and groups that exist in the area.

The Mallacoota Community Clubrooms project will deliver the highest priority infrastructure proposal from the Mallacoota Recreation Reserve Master Plan, and serve the community now and into the future.

Australian Government Building Our Future LogoWe were successful in securing two Australian Government grants to deliver the Mallacoota Community Clubrooms project: $250,000 from the Community Development Grants Programme and $725,590 from the Building Better Regions Fund.

East Gippsland Shire Council will contribute $350,000 to the delivery of the project.

  • Council locks in community clubrooms site, design

    5 months ago

    East Gippsland Shire Council will build community clubrooms at Mallacoota Recreation Reserve after Council supported amended designs at the April 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting.

    Following stakeholder consultation, modifications were made to the final design of the much-anticipated project, which will be built at the recreation reserve at Greer Street.

    The design changes have been made in response to concerns raised in submissions during the planning permit application process. Council understands not all concerns were eliminated but believes the modified design mitigates a number of these concerns, while still delivering a great community facility.

    The process saw 14 objections received, along...

    East Gippsland Shire Council will build community clubrooms at Mallacoota Recreation Reserve after Council supported amended designs at the April 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting.

    Following stakeholder consultation, modifications were made to the final design of the much-anticipated project, which will be built at the recreation reserve at Greer Street.

    The design changes have been made in response to concerns raised in submissions during the planning permit application process. Council understands not all concerns were eliminated but believes the modified design mitigates a number of these concerns, while still delivering a great community facility.

    The process saw 14 objections received, along with 10 submissions in support of the proposed design. Council held a Planning Consultation Meeting in Mallacoota in early March to hear from all submitters and to inspect the site and surrounds.

    The modified design resulted in the building construction cost falling below the threshold requiring a planning permit, however Council still saw fit to hear the matter to ensure transparency in the process for objectors and the wider community.

    The total project budget is $1,325,590. The Australian Government has contributed $250,000 from its Community Development Grants Program, and $725,590 from its Building Better Regions Fund. Council has allocated $300,000 to the project.

    Mayor Cr Natalie O’Connell said she was pleased to see the project now move to the construction phase.

    “There have been a number of challenges with this project. It was originally proposed to build the clubrooms elsewhere in the recreation reserve; however, cultural surveys showed that site to be significant to the area’s Traditional Owner groups,” Cr O’Connell said.

    “The location where the clubrooms will be built gives a great view of the sporting grounds for spectators and officials, and also offers the opportunity to develop a facility that can be more readily used by the tennis club.

    “This is a great outcome for the Mallacoota community that balances the need to recognise the cultural significance of the site, the outcomes sought by the sporting clubs, and surrounding land uses,” Cr O’Connell said.

    The community clubrooms will be approximately 400 square metres and consist of store rooms, commercial kitchen, first aid room, multi-purpose (function) room, toilets, showers, decks, change rooms, and meeting and umpire rooms.

    The project also includes a 14 car parks and a disabled parking space. Car park entry will be from the north with the exit to the south.


  • Construction due to commence in early 2019

    10 months ago

    One of the most challenging aspects of the Clubrooms project has been finding a position for the new building. Over the last twelve months three sites have been investigated. The sites that have been investigated include near the Kindergarten, south of the Mudbrick Building, and near the Tennis Courts.

    The original and most preferred site near the Kindergarten has been found to contain a significant amount of buried cultural heritage material and is unsuitable for a development of this type. The site near the Mudbrick Building has several constraints including bushfire related constraints relating to the closeness of the nearby...

    One of the most challenging aspects of the Clubrooms project has been finding a position for the new building. Over the last twelve months three sites have been investigated. The sites that have been investigated include near the Kindergarten, south of the Mudbrick Building, and near the Tennis Courts.

    The original and most preferred site near the Kindergarten has been found to contain a significant amount of buried cultural heritage material and is unsuitable for a development of this type. The site near the Mudbrick Building has several constraints including bushfire related constraints relating to the closeness of the nearby bush. The site near the Tennis Courts has been found to have the least constraints and has many positive attributes that on balance have resulted in the Tennis Court site being the most preferred and practical development site.

    Like many projects of this type and scale, the proposed Community Clubroom building requires both planning and building approval. A planning permit application has been lodged with the East Gippsland Shire Council and the outcome of this should be known early in 2019.

    Once the necessary approvals have been acquired the aim is to complete construction by the end of 2019. Once underway, construction of the project will generate substantial economic activity in Mallacoota as a range of local tradespeople and suppliers will be used throughout the build.

    If you have any questions about the proposal and the planning permit process, please contact the East Gippsland Shire Council. If you would like further information about the overall project, please contact the Mallacoota Recreation Reserve and Halls Committee.

  • Council looks into heritage of clubrooms site

    over 1 year ago

    East Gippsland Shire Council is delaying work on the Mallacoota Community Clubrooms while it finalises a Cultural Heritage Management Plan.

    Council has found a high number of artefacts including stone tools, charcoal and ochre beneath the preferred site. Mallacoota has a rich cultural history with many significant Aboriginal sites already officially researched and documented.

    Following the discoveries, council has chosen to undertake a Complex Assessement using of ground penetrating radar and additional test pits. This will be completed in June is expected to finalise the background research necessary for the Cultural Heritage Management Plan.

    The management plan will then be submitted to Aboriginal Victoria for assessment.

    These extra steps to ensure the cultural significance of the preferred site is known will push the project start date to late 2018. Work was originally expected to begin in February 2018.

    The information on the site that has been learned to date has provided a fascinating and valuable insight of the past use and occupation of the area. Carbon dating has confirmed that charcoal found in one of the test pits is well over 3,000 years old.

    The clubrooms will include a large multi-purpose room with a commercial grade kitchen, a meeting room, umpire facilities, changerooms, showers, toilets, storage, and a grid connected solar power system with battery storage. The preferred site is on the south side of the kindergarten.

    Cultural heritage approval is also being sought for an alternative site near the cricket nets in case the approval for the preferred site is unsuccessful.

    The $1.3 million-dollar project has received $975,000 funding from the Australian Government. This

    funding remains secure despite the delay, with the grant agreement timeframe amended.

    Once underway, construction of the project will generate substantial economic activity in Mallacoota as a range of local tradespeople and suppliers will be used throughout the build.

    East Gippsland Shire Council is delaying work on the Mallacoota Community Clubrooms while it finalises a Cultural Heritage Management Plan.

    Council has found a high number of artefacts including stone tools, charcoal and ochre beneath the preferred site. Mallacoota has a rich cultural history with many significant Aboriginal sites already officially researched and documented.

    Following the discoveries, council has chosen to undertake a Complex Assessement using of ground penetrating radar and additional test pits. This will be completed in June is expected to finalise the background research necessary for the Cultural Heritage Management Plan.

    The management plan will then be submitted to Aboriginal Victoria for assessment.

    These extra steps to ensure the cultural significance of the preferred site is known will push the project start date to late 2018. Work was originally expected to begin in February 2018.

    The information on the site that has been learned to date has provided a fascinating and valuable insight of the past use and occupation of the area. Carbon dating has confirmed that charcoal found in one of the test pits is well over 3,000 years old.

    The clubrooms will include a large multi-purpose room with a commercial grade kitchen, a meeting room, umpire facilities, changerooms, showers, toilets, storage, and a grid connected solar power system with battery storage. The preferred site is on the south side of the kindergarten.

    Cultural heritage approval is also being sought for an alternative site near the cricket nets in case the approval for the preferred site is unsuccessful.

    The $1.3 million-dollar project has received $975,000 funding from the Australian Government. This

    funding remains secure despite the delay, with the grant agreement timeframe amended.

    Once underway, construction of the project will generate substantial economic activity in Mallacoota as a range of local tradespeople and suppliers will be used throughout the build.