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Freeling Recreation Oval’s new pavilion ready for community use

Freeling Recreation Oval’s new pavilion ready for community use

The Freeling Recreation Oval has officially opened its new pavilion that has replaced the old facility that was damaged due to a white ants infestation.

The old pavilion was heritage listed but was deemed unsafe due to the damage done by old age and the white ants.

Mr Bob Ahrens, Ahrens Group, came for the official opening and was given an award by the oval committee for getting the structure up and running in a short amount of time.

The original pavilion was built back in 1933, when the Freeling Show used to be held at the Freeling Oval.

In 1979, the pavilion had an upgrade done to the original facility, but started to deteriorate in the years after. 

Mr Ian Carmichael, chairman of the Freeling Recreation Oval, said that, “The white ants were there for a long time. They hadn’t attacked the soft wood, they attacked the hard wood in the pavilion.

“It was closed to the public, it wasn’t a useable area. So we came up with a plan to replace the old pavilion.

“It took 12 weeks to build, there was a push to get it up and ready because we wanted to use it for ANZAC Day.”

The pavilion was funded by the Light Regional Council and built by the Ahrens Steel Group.

The windows were the only structure of the old pavilion that remained; the new infrastructure was built to merge in with the function rooms at the oval.

The canteen and restrooms are under the newly constructed roof that was built at a minimal cost.

Light Regional Council Mayor, Mr Bill O’Brien, said that the new facility will be great for community use and thought it was great to see the community getting involved in its creation.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.