Funding kickstarts Great Western Lions Pavilion project

Published on 20 July 2022


The Victorian Government will be investing $1.5 million to upgrade the Great Western Football Netball Club pavilion. Jaala Pulford, State Member for Western Victoria travelled to the Great Western Football Netball Club Grounds in Brunel Street this morning to meet with Northern Grampians Shire Council and jubilant members of the Great Western Football Netball Club to make the announcement.

The need for a pavilion upgrade was identified as a priority within the Great Western Public Park and Gardens Reserve Redevelopment Master plan 2018-28. The existing clubroom and available amenities did not meet AFL, Cricket Australia and Netball Victoria standards, particularly changeroom accessibility requirements.

The redevelopment is projected to cost $2.4 million, and the proposed works include:

  • Function room extension and upgrade
  • Female friendly and accessible changerooms and toilets
  • New Trainers and Medical room
  • Umpire room upgrade
  • New office and storage area
  • Undercover spectator area extension
  • Kitchen, canteen and bar refurbishment

Council has allocated $460,000 from this year’s budget for the project, and the community has contributed a further $40,000. Council has also applied for additional funding from the Federal Government.

Attributable Quote from the Hon Jaala Pulford:

“Projects like this make such a difference to our local communities and I look forward to seeing this new pavilion take pride of place in Great Western.”

“We’re investing in projects like this because they provide more opportunities for participation and lay the perfect foundation for community sporting clubs to grow their numbers and host events, while also creating local jobs.”

Cr Murray Emerson said this funding has significantly accelerated the project beyond the initial concept design phase and council would now be able to start formalising the design and construction of the pavilion with stakeholders.

“It is very gratifying to know that all our hard work advocating for this pavilion upgrade has been acknowledged by the Victorian Government through their investment,” said Cr Emerson.

“Thanks to the Sport and Recreation Victoria funding we can now push ahead to make this long overdue pavilion upgrade a reality for Great Western sporting groups and something the whole community can be proud of.”

Further information on the project can be found at or by contacting Tony Dark, Senior Placemaker on 03 5358 0501.