BAYSIDE council has thrown its support behind the Banksia Reserve Pavilion redevelopment.
The tick of approval, given at last week’s council meeting, means the $2.6 million redevelopment can move into the planning stage.
Beaumaris Cricket Club president Tony Mellick said up until last week there had been no formal endorsement by council.
An initiative of the Beaumaris Football Club, Beaumaris Cricket Club and Beaumaris Lawn
Tennis Club, the upgrade will allow two old pavilions to be improved.
The new, two-level pavilion will have changerooms, medical and umpire rooms, a gymnasium, a function room, sports bar and kitchen.
The council did a four-week community engagement process in considering the project, and found that 90 per cent of the 354 responding residents supported the project.
Seventy-four per cent of people not affiliated with the tenant groups also supported the redevelopment.
Mr Mellick said the clubs would raise the $100,000 required for the town planning approvals.
“With confidence we can now go to our members to ask for their financial support,” he said.
He said the redevelopment was a unique community model.
“Part of the plan is that the food and beverage side will generate the profit needed to engage full-time staff and provide the funds to drive the clubs forward,” Mr Mellick said.
“This is not just about the sports people. Dog walkers will be able to stop and have a coffee, people will be able to be social.’’