A new large shed developed by the Cobram Barooga Apex Club at Koonoomoo Recreation Reserve will benefit user groups and bring more people to the ground, the developers hope.
Apex club president Luke Rawson said the project was developed as a way of giving something back to the community in thanks for allowing the club to use the reserve for the annual Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Ball.
The 14.5m by 18m structure cost about $30000 and used a number of local contractors.
‘‘We were looking at the money we’d made through the B and S, and I suggested we keep a percentage that we donate to the public for the club to do our own project in the community, because we haven’t done a big project in a while,’’ Mr Rawson said.
The shed project was proposed, designed, and agreed on by the club members and the Koonoomoo Recreation Reserve Section 86 Committee.
It also features a hand-made sign using tin from the old shed.
‘‘I’d like to thank all the contractors who put their hands up to come and help out,’’ Mr Rawson said.
Section 86 Committee president Merryn Byers said the new shed would be amazing.
‘‘The little shed that was there has been fantastic over the years but it had got to the stage where it needed upgrading,’’ she said.
‘‘When the Apex boys came on board with the B and S, it’s been the best thing that’s happened to the grounds; having them on board, they’ve been fantastic for us.’’
The Koonoomoo Recreation Reserve is home to five user groups and is used nearly every week of the year — one of the most used grounds in Moira Shire.
‘‘In the last five years, this little reserve has gone from nothing to thriving, it’s a great little hub,’’ Ms Byers said.
‘‘We’ve got hot showers, power for camping, we’ve got a great little pavilion here and now this shed.
‘‘We’ve got big plans for the area and it’s just wonderful.
‘‘The new shed allows for the extension of the pavilion so if you’ve got something on — just with the carriage club we usually hire a marquee for our bigger events and we now won’t have to, and it will be great for the campdrafters as well.
‘‘Everyone can use it, it will be amazing.’’
The project was completed in time for this weekend’s fourth Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Charity Ball, the Apex club’s major fundraising event for the year.
‘‘This weekend will be its first big event with the B and S and then everyone else can use it during the rest of the year,’’ Mr Rawson said.
He said it was important to the club to put money raised from the B and S back into the community.
‘‘It shows we don’t just cook barbecues, we’re actually back into doing big projects again.
‘‘We’re hoping we can do other big projects like this in other places as well.’’
This year, the ball has been extended to a two-evening event, and more than 1200 people are expected to attend.
The new shed has also allowed the club to increase the event’s capacity.
‘‘Because we had so many people come and stay on the Friday night last year, we thought we’d do a bit of a function on the Friday night, which will be a bit like a pub atmosphere with a bar and a band to keep people entertained,’’ Mr Rawson said.
Jade Gibson and Jemma Beech will be playing on the Friday night, with Risky Business and the Iain Archibald Band playing on the Saturday.
●The Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Ball will be held on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 at the Koonoomoo Recreation Reserve. Tickets are available at the gate (cash only) for $120, and more information can be found at the event’s Facebook page, ‘Koonoomoo Pickers & Packers Charity Ball’.