Council is renewing the Donald MacDonald Reserve Sports Pavilion and you are invited to view the external images and the location of the sports pavilion and ask questions of staff regarding the renewal.


The project will deliver a fully accessible, two-storey sports pavilion featuring gender neutral changerooms and umpire facilities, first aid room, improved storage, public accessible toilet, kiosk and community space.

We are investing $4m into this project as part of Council’s $52 million plan to upgrade all sports pavilions across Bayside by 2025.

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The pavilion has been designed to address the climate emergency and will feature solar panels, north facing windows to maximise use of natural light for heating during the winter months, electric appliances and water heating systems to reduce future reliance on natural gas, sensor lighting and the inclusion of water tanks to utilise storm water for toilets.

Due to site constraints the sports pavilion features a double storey design, with a balcony overlooking the sportsground. This balcony will have restricted access after 7pm and will not be available for use for evening club functions.

The planning of the pavilion carefully managed the protection of vegetation at the reserve, nevertheless it will require the removal of two trees.

To ensure the reserve maintains its natural leafy environment, landscaping of the site and additional planting along the Keating Road boundary has been included as part of the pavilion renewal.

Bayside City Council does not permit the hire of sports pavilions for the purpose of events such as birthday parties, weddings or other evening non sport club related activities.

The pavilion is available for use by community not for profit groups to operate programs during business hours. Bookings will be managed by Council’s Recreation and Events team.



The club will continue to hold a liquor licence at the site including an outdoor redline area that extends to the perimeter of the balcony under cover area until 6pm on Saturdays. The licence will mirror the existing licence held by the sports club.

The Donald MacDonald sportsground reconstruction commenced in October 2019 and the sportsground will reopen in October 2020. Timelines are subject to change and interested parties will be kept informed throughout the construction period.

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