New facilities for Anakie

Kayla Miller, Cr Anthony Aitken, Anakie FNC president Heath Menhennet, Cr Kylie Grzybek, City of Greater Geelong mayor Cr Peter Murrihy, Grace Harris, Hayden Miller and Billy Miller. (supplied)

Building works on a major $2.5 million development at Anakie Reserve will commence next month, after the City of Greater Geelong Council awarded local firm Rendine Constructions with the construction contract.

The new social rooms will provide a multi-purpose facility that aligns with the state sporting association facility development guidelines and will meet the operational needs of tenant clubs Anakie Community Sports Club and Anakie Cricket Club.

In addition to the large club and social room, the facility will feature a kitchen, gym, bar, cool room, unisex accessible amenities, a timekeepers space and administration office.

The single-storey pavilion is set to replace the existing social rooms and be erected next to the new stand-alone change rooms, which were built five years ago.

The open tender process to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced contractor to undertake the works closed last month.

AVOR Architecture was appointed by Council in October 2021 to complete the design of the facility, which is estimated to be completed prior to the commencement of the 2023 football season.

Windermere Ward councillor Kylie Grzybek said the new changerooms would be a welcome addition to the Anakie Reserve precinct.

“Council is proud to be supporting grassroots sporting clubs and communities and this project will provide a major boost to the tenant clubs of Anakie Recreation Reserve,” Cr Grzybek said.

“The upgrades will also benefit the entire Anakie community, and will give the town a wonderful asset for all to use.”