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Dedication and opening of The Coopersmith Pavilion, East Ringwood

Deputy Mayor, Cr Nora Lamont stands next to the plaque for the Coopersmith Pavilion with Hong Lim MP, Michael Sukkar MP and Pian Lilian, President, Chin Community Victoria

Media statement from Deputy Mayor, Cr Nora Lamont

The official opening of The Coopersmith Pavilion at East Ringwood Reserve on Wednesday 28 June marks the completion of more than four years of work by Council, in partnership with the Victorian and Federal Governments, the East Ringwood Football and Cricket clubs, Chin Community Victoria, and the Maroondah community.

I was joined by the Hon. Michael Sukkar, Federal Member for Deakin and Hong Lim, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs to formally open the pavilion, along with representatives from the key stakeholder groups, their members and the wider community.

The investment in new and redeveloped facilities that improve the access to sport and increase the participation in sport, can be seen across our City.

This is due to Council’s commitment through our Maroondah 2040 long term community vision, through our Council Plan and our Physical Activity Strategy.

Construction commenced in May 2016, and I am extremely proud that, once again, the team at Maroondah has created a new multi purpose facility that will serve our community for many years to come.

Council determined the naming of the pavilion in December 2016 following an application from the East Ringwood Football and Cricket Clubs.

Brian Coopersmith has lived in the City of Maroondah for the majority of his life. He is a Life Member of both the East Ringwood Football Club and the Eastern Football League and has been President of the Maroondah Sports Club since its inception in 1981. He has a long-standing commitment to community fundraising and personal philanthropy.

Brian Copersmith standing near the plaque for the Coopersmith Pavilion with his wife, family, and two young grandchildrenWe thank Brian and his family for allowing the Coopersmith name to be placed on a building that will serve the community for many years to come.

For some time now, Council has been working to ensure that our new facilities are multi use and this new pavilion has been designed with this in mind.

During the day it will be a community centre for Chin Community Victoria who will conduct a range of activities including settlement support, activity programs, education and language classes, craft activities and home to events such as the Chin National Day and the Harvest Festival.

In the evenings and on weekends, the facility becomes home to the East Ringwood Football and Cricket clubs for their sporting and social activities.

These three groups have worked closely together during the design and construction stage and have developed a MOU for the long term management of the facility.

Many thanks to these groups and their representatives for their assistance and patience during the design and construction period, however, I’m sure they will agree that the result has been well worth it.

The $2.748 million project is possible by a $1.548 million contribution from Council; $500,000 from the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development’s Community Development Grants program; $500,000 from the Victorian Department of Multicultural Affairs; and $200,000 from a private benefactor.

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