New Pavilion Opened to the Public

Published on 19 July 2022

Attendees cutting the ribon at the South Yunderup Pavilion

The site of local soccer teams getting changed in the open air, regardless of the weather, is a thing of the past thanks to the official opening of the South Yunderup Pavilion and Change Rooms.

The new community asset was formally opened at a community event hosted by Shire of Murray President, Cr David Bolt. In attendance were local users of the new pavilion, as well as representatives of the organisations that had helped fund and develop the project.

For many years the local community has been forced to use an old, cold, shed as its base when watching sport at the South Yunderup Oval. In August 2019 it was identified that a new, more modern suite of change rooms and pavilion were needed. The feasibility report was endorsed by Council the following year with construction beginning in September 2021.

Cr Bolt said “The area has been used for an increasing range of activities in recent years, including competitions, social activities, neighbourhood meetings and school programs. The new pavilion is modern and functional and will provide the community and users of the oval with the resources they need to get the most out of the natural assets we have in South Yunderup.”

The new pavilion is an investment for the future, with the population in South Yunderup and the surrounding areas expected to reach 10,000 in the coming years. Generations of soccer players will begin their sports careers in the pavilion, including, it is hoped, more female players as a resurgence in women’s football is predicted.

Murray Districts Ranger Soccer Club will benefit in particular, and were crucial in the advocacy for the new pavilion. It is expected the new pavilion will increase opportunities for community participation in sport for male and female players.

$1.6 million in total funding was provided by:

  • Commonwealth Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Grant
  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund
  • Alcoa
  • The Shire of Murray.

Representatives of the funding partners attended, including the local member for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke MLA, federal member for Canning Andrew Hastie MP,  Alcoa Pinjarra Refinery Manager Mark Zaborowski, MDRSC President Tom Duxbury.