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Mt Evelyn netballers welcome new change room

28 Aug 2015

On Saturday, 22 August 2015, the who’s who of Mount Evelyn congregated in perfect weather for the official opening of Mt Evelyn Football Netball Club’s new netball change room. The Honourable Tony Smith MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Federal Member for Casey, officially declared the building open with the help of Councillor Maria McCarthy, Mayor of the Yarra Ranges, and officials from the Mount Evelyn Football Netball Club.

The change room was built at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Heidelberg campus in 2014 by students and staff of the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry). It was then dismantled in early 2015 for transportation to the Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve, where it was reassembled on foundations built by the next crop of students, who completed the installation including the outside deck and wheelchair ramp.

This project provides changing rooms for the Mount Evelyn netballers who couldn’t use the main change rooms on match days, as they were being used by the footballers. Now they no longer have to change in their cars. Equally, spectators don’t have to stand in the wind, hail and rain to cheer on their teams. With bathroom facilities and storage areas, purpose built benches, wheelchair accessible ramps and decking for all, the shelter really will live up to its name for the netballers and their friends and families.

‘Two years and one week ago today, I started proceedings to raise federal funding for a shelter for Mount Evelyn netballers’ said Tony Smith MP. ‘It’s great to see our netballers getting better facilities. I pledged $45,000 of Federal Government funding at the last election towards the construction of changing room facilities, to be completed by Melbourne Polytechnic as an educational project.’

Mr Smith went on to thank Melbourne Polytechnic staff and students for their attention to detail and commitment to building such a great facility.


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Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.