Horsham Community Sports Pavilion officially opens | Photos

AN OLD Horsham restaurant has been given a new lease on life.

The former Rosebrook Restaurant officially opened as the Horsham Community Sports Pavilion on Monday, marking the start of a new chapter for the building.

Rosebrook Restaurant was originally at the Horsham Racecourse, but was moved out to the Horsham Golf Club in 2009 to be used as a temporary clubhouse following the Black Saturday bushfires.

It was relocated to Horsham College’s Dimboola Road oval in January 2016.

It has now reopened after major refurbishments.

Horsham mayor Pam Clarke said the pavilion would be used by the Jung Tigers Cricket Club, Horsham Hockey Club and Wimmera Umpires Association.

Horsham YMCA will also look at relocating its after school care program to the building and the Greater Western Victorian Rebels will also use it as part of their pre-season training in Horsham.

Cr Clarke said there had been wonderful changes to the building since the refurbishment.

The building contains a main function area, accessible entrances at the front and rear, changerooms, showers and toilets, and storage space.

“The new changerooms that can be sectioned off to cater for both males and females,” Cr Clarke said.

“The whole building is really well done and it will now be a multi-use centre for many different groups.

“It is a great size for community events too.”

Cr Clarke said council contributed towards the cost of the refurbishment.

Council recreation and sustainability manager Rhonda McNeil said funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria and Cricket Victoria had allowed the works to take place.

“The way the pavilion has been designed means that multiple user groups, both indoor and outdoor, will be able to access and use the space at the same time,” she said.

“This outcome is a great example of how community groups, council, schools, and the state government can work together to provide better, multi-functional spaces for the community.”

Horsham YMCA manager Sam Winter said the centre ran after school hours care from Horsham Primary School.

She said it would be nice to have their own space.

“We would be able to display work the kids have done and do our own thing,” she said.

“It’s also about building our partnership with Horsham Rural City Council.”

The YMCA has ran after school hours care since February.

“It’s going really well and our numbers are increasing,” Ms Winter said.