Port Broughton to receive new change rooms through $350,000 grant

UPGRADE SUCESS: Back, Alistair Tod, Alison Rogers, Belinda Burt, Leigh Rogers. Front, Mitchell Beaumont, Rory Kerley, Cohen Daniel, Tom Dolling, Thomas Davey, Harry McInerney, Jett Kerley and Sam Meschede.
UPGRADE SUCESS: Back, Alistair Tod, Alison Rogers, Belinda Burt, Leigh Rogers. Front, Mitchell Beaumont, Rory Kerley, Cohen Daniel, Tom Dolling, Thomas Davey, Harry McInerney, Jett Kerley and Sam Meschede.

After years of waiting, the Port Broughton Combined Sporting Club has received a $350,000 grant which will see a new set of change rooms built.

It was almost 10 years ago that the netball, football, tennis and cricket clubs sat together to discuss their strategic plan which featured the new rooms, and on Monday, June 17 the clubs were given the green light.

President of the Broughton-Mundoora Football Club Leigh Rogers says he was ecstatic to find out the news.

"It is fantastic. It has been a long time waiting to get new change rooms, it has been a long time waiting for the whole town," Mr Rogers said.

Similar responses have come from the Port Broughton Combined Sporting Club president Alistair Tod who says the rooms will be ' a great thing'.

The new building will not be built until the end of the 2020 football season, yet in the meantime the clubs will be coming together to form a sub-committee to get the ball rolling.

Initially prompting the push for the new rooms was the current building, built in the 1950s, failing the AFL audit.

Treasurer and grant writer for the Broughton-Mundoora Football Club Belinda Burt says they hope that once the new rooms are in, there will be more diverse opportunities for the club.

"It will bring in carnivals through the AFL and SANFL that currently we can't house for five teams. We have only got the two little change rooms. It will be a lot easier to have more teams here on the day.

DESIGN: The design submitted with grant applications. Clubs will be redesigning now they have approval. Image provided.

DESIGN: The design submitted with grant applications. Clubs will be redesigning now they have approval. Image provided.

"A big difference will be for our volunteers as well. Everything will be in the one spot, be easily accessible and together. We currently cart backwards and forwards, up and down the hill. It will just make things easier," she said.

Another grant writer, Alison Rogers says it will not be specific female and male change rooms, but be more accommodating for players.

"The facilities within the change rooms will be cubicle showers and cubicle toilets. At the moment it is just open showers," she added.

In order to see the new change rooms built, the clubs will have to provide a dollar for dollar match to the grant, which they estimate will be around $710,000.

Belinda says they have been fundraising for several years now and have received a helping hand to push them across the line.

"We have been fundraising for the last couple of years for it. We have got some money put away already. We have support from our local council who have given us a loan and we will continue fundraising it

"It will be about $710,000, we aren't far off now. We are nearly there. Until we get final plans and work out the exact cost, the new plans may be less, or more," she said.

The facilities at Port Broughton are already so reputable to visiting clubs and the community and this new upgrade will only boost their reputation.

The facilities are so great here, we get lots of comments from visiting teams, people always like our facilities.

Belinda Burt

The upgrade would not be possible without the cooperative work that happens between the clubs and the Port Broughton Combined Sporting Club.

Leigh Rogers expressed his appreciation for the club's efforts. "I want to acknowledge what the combined sporting club does for the town, with the facilities here, this is the final piece of the jigsaw here to finish it off."