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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Cowes strikes new croquet club pavilion

Attracting new members to the sport of croquet just got a whole lot easier thanks to the official opening of a new croquet club pavilion in Cowes on Victoria’s Phillip Island.

Located at Blue Gum Reserve in Cowes, the community asset was formally opened by Member for Bass, Jordan Crugnale, Bass Coast Shire Deputy Mayor, Leticia Laing and Phillip Island Croquet Club President, John Swarbrick.

The opening was followed by a friendly game of croquet.

“The new pavilion is modern and functional and will provide members of the Phillip Island Croquet Club the ability to accommodate their growing membership base,” said Cr Laing.

The new pavilion includes accessible amenities, a multi-purpose and social space, toilets and shower, storage and a kitchenette, and will meet the growing needs of the Club and the community with the population in Phillip Island continuing to grow.

Phillip Island Croquet Club President, John Swarbrick noted just how important the new Pavilion was for the Club.

“The old Club House was so small that at our monthly general meetings half our members had to stand outside. It was also in the wrong spot. The new pavilion will enable the Club to extend to a third lawn, once we have raised the funds,” he said.

“Our members have been loving the new pavilion. There is so much space, the facilities are great and so accessible. Plus with the larger social meeting space we will be able to hire out the pavilion to other community groups.”

This project was made possible through a $545,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria, as well as $30,000 from Council and $25,000 from the Phillip Island Croquet Club.

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