Roy Dore Reserve is the heart of Carrum. Andrew Adams is one of those hoping to pump new life into it.
Andrew represents the extensive number of clubs using the reserve and says it is one of the few that offers a pathway from junior football right through to over-50s. Netball, cricket, tennis and other sports clubs call the reserve home, putting further pressure on the dated 1970s infrastructure that “looks like a toilet block”.
Andrew’s vision is for a two-storey building that could include new toilets, meeting rooms, four change rooms, a canteen, members’ bar and storage downstairs. Upstairs could house a 150-seat function room with a bar and commercial kitchen, multi-purpose rooms that could double as a space for community station Radio Carrum, and a balcony with views of both grounds.
Carrum and Patterson Lakes Forum founder Cameron Howe said the community was crying out for a full redevelopment of the sporting hub and vowed the forum would continue to work with Andrew to help realise the reserve’s full potential.
The clubs hope to take a concept plan to Kingston City Council and the State Government but have been struggling to come up with the necessary finance. However, Cameron says Cr John Ronke is likely to ask the council to help pay for the concept plan, which could cost more than $50,000.