Our community, quite rightly, expects us to make the most of our assets. After all, largely it is your rates that have paid for them.

Part of this, of course, is getting optimal use out of our community facilities by accommodating multiple uses wherever possible.

Our sporting pavilions present the greatest opportunity for this because they are in high demand on the weekends but are generally available for other uses during the week.

Not only does this optimise our available resources but it provides opportunities for greater connections and collaboration to develop between community organisations.

It also reduces the need for us to invest your rates in constructing new buildings.

Take Stradbroke Park in Kew East for example. This facility has two sports ovals, multi-purpose synthetic nets and a pavilion with change rooms, a kitchen and a large meeting space.

It is not only used by different sporting groups but many other community groups use the meeting space in the pavilion during the week, when the demand for sport is not as high.

Our new hockey pavilion in Camberwell will not only be a sporting facility, it will provide large social spaces for community activities and a neighbourhood centre.

Meeting rooms at Deepdene Park are used by a number of community groups and, like many of our facilities, provide opportunities for life-long learning through use by the University of the Third Age.

And the best part of this is that the community is leading the way in many respects.

We often get local groups approaching us with inventive proposals to make the best use of our assets for the benefit of the broader community.

Whether community initiated or Council initiated, we need to continue to look for opportunities to share our facilities for the best use of our ratepayer funds.

Cr Phillip Healey

Mayor

Sports and leisure

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