The Strathewen Recreation Reserve his home to the Strathewen Cougars Cricket Club, Strathewen Tennis Club and the Peter Avola Memorial Pavilion which hosts weekly Yoga, Pilates and other community gatherings.
After the devastating bushfires of 2009, the State Government and Australand pledged their support to the Strathewen community by way of funding and development of the Strathewen Recreation Reserve.
Australand oversaw the building of the pavilion and surrounding facilities including the development of the tennis courts.
There were many contributions made by numerous individuals and companies / bodies to assist in the recovery of Strathewen as a community and the reserve became the ideal location for people to come together.
In 2011 the Strathewen Recreation Reserve Association (SRRA) was formed and shortly after that, after community consultation, the pavilion at the reserve was named the Peter Avola Memorial Pavilion in honor a local member of the community who lost his life on Black Saturday.
SRRA is made up of local volunteers and members of the tennis and cricket clubs, who meet once every three months to oversee the running and management of this great facility on behalf of the Nillumbik Shire Council and the local Strathewen community. We are always looking for members of the community who would like to make a contribution to this association and welcome any enquiries. You can contact Phil Jones (President SRRA) on 0408 544 652 if you would like to join.
CURRENT PROJECT OF SRRA:
We are currently seeking additional funding to enhance the fire safety aspects of the pavilion and are looking at re-locating the old concrete water tank to an area where it can be of better use.
As mentioned above, if you would like to make a contribution to SRRA please feel free to contact Phil Jones on the number given.
HIRING THE PAVILION
The Peter Avola Memorial Pavilion is available to hire for various events (no 18th birthday parties, sorry) and offers wonderful kitchen facilities and amenities. The Pavilion has heating and cooling which makes it available for use all year round. Our fee structure is listed below. Terms and conditions apply to all bookings.
For further hiring enquiries or to make a booking please contact Phil Byrne on 0412 742 987.