Upwey-Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub

I rise to commend the efforts of the Upwey-Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub group in pursuing a transformation of this significant reserve. The strength of the group is due to the fact that it is incredibly representative of the community — 23 groups and clubs are working together to achieve their dream of redeveloping this site. They include Upwey High School, Upwey Tecoma Football and Netball Club, Upwey Tecoma Cricket Club, Upwey-Tecoma Bowls Club, Upwey Tecoma Junior Football Club, Upwey Township Group, Ranges Chess Club, Friends of Glenfern Valley Bushlands, Sherbrooke Basketball, Mountain Tigers Basketball Club, Upwey Tecoma Tennis Club, Kidfest, Tecoma Village Action Group, Upwey-Tecoma Auskick, Belgrave Probus Club, Upwey and District Garden Club, Sherbrooke U3A, Sherbrooke Foothills Historical Society, Il Shim Tae-Kwon-Do, Upwey Tae-Kwon-Do and Self Defence, Upwey South Tennis Club, South Upwey Netball Club and Upwey Senior Citizens Centre.

Progress to date has been impressive — a draft design of the community and sporting hub building has been prepared. Not only will this building provide much-needed facility improvements for the clubs that compete at the site but it will also provide meeting and social spaces that local organisations like the U3A and Probus have been crying out for.

The site is also a designated neighbourhood safer place, so there is a great opportunity to design the new facility to cater to the needs of this high bushfire risk area — for example, as a staging and recovery area. The group was incorporated last year and has already secured $250 000 from the Dandenong Ranges Community Bank, part of the Bendigo Bank, and the group is working closely with a supportive Yarra Ranges Council. I look forward to supporting it in the future as it seeks funding.