John McMahon Recreation Reserve

New sporting facilities for a growing community

Hume City Council in north-west Melbourne is a growing, urban fringe municipality experiencing significant growth in residents, with approximately thirty percent of the community under 18 years of age.

Hume City Council was awarded financial support from the Victorian State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund towards meeting critical local infrastructure needs for communities in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs.

East Sunbury Sporting Group occupies John McMahon Recreation Reserve and is the home for local AFL, netball, cricket and softball clubs. Funding received will assist the development of the sporting precinct under a $4.12 million masterplan which includes a new oval and accompanying changeroom pavilion, new netball courts, playground, walking paths, fitness stations and more.

Ausco Modular provided two new facilities for the sporting precinct - a 146m2 social facility containing a communal space for meetings and events, a kitchen and space for a cool room, amenities and ample storage space, plus a 320m2 changeroom facility for the new oval which includes two private changing areas with cubicle showers, medical rooms and storage.

Each facility was delivered in less than seven weeks from manufacture at Ausco’s Adelaide factory to delivery on site. 

The buildings were designed by Ausco’s in-house design team in collaboration with Hume City Council, and include East Sunbury Sporting Group’s blue, white and teal colours as features on the external finishes of the buildings.

East Sunbury Sporting Group president, Sarah Johnston, said the new facilities allowed more space for everybody and allows the clubs more opportunities to use the reserve.

“A second oval is great for footy and cricket; our football is exploding and some of our cricketers never get to play on our home ground because the firsts and seconds are always using it,” she said.

“It’s not just great for our clubs, it’s great for the community as well.”

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