Bentleigh JFC celebrate major upgrades to King George Reserve

The Bentleigh Demons Junior Football Club has been delivered an early season gift with the news that their home ground, King George VI Memorial Reserve, has received $275,000 in State Government funding for an upgrade to their pavilion.

Thanks to the Andrews Government Community Support Fund, Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos announced prior to the club’s Round 1 fixtures at the venue that the new funding will go towards the redevelopment of the administration and social section of the pavilion.

In 2016, Mr Staikos announced $100,000 to develop female friendly facilities at the Reserve, funded from the Andrews Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Fund – Female Friendly Facilities. 

Planning for that initial upgrade uncovered broader issues, so extra funding was granted by the Andrews Government to ensure the project can be completed and the entire facility is improved.

Mr Staikos acknowledged project partner Glen Eira Council for its commitment and significant financial contribution to the project.

“For too long, the footballers and cricketers at King George Reserve have been held back by poor facilities – the Andrews Government is partnering with Glen Eira Council to upgrade the pavilion so everyone can enjoy modern, safe and accessible facilities,” he said.

“The upgraded pavilion will help the footy and cricket clubs cater for growing demand, and for growing interest from women and girls.”

Home to not only Bentleigh JFC, but also two cricket clubs, there was a desperate need for a better facility for community sport.

Through the 2018/19 State budget, an additional $60 million is allocated to the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and an additional $15 million for Female Friendly Facilities.

The total cost of the King George Reserve project is $1.6 million with construction commencing in August.

With record numbers of people registering to play community sport and a surge of interest by women and girls, footballers across the state will soon able to get out and play the game they love with grounds and facilities that are new and improved.

Image – Courtesy of Nick Staikos MP