A prominent Kew sports club which was on the chopping block has been saved and will be accessible to the community after it was sold.
The Melbourne Cricket Club Kew Sports Club, which has about 600 registered users, will be taken over by Carey Baptist Grammar School — whose main campus lies a few hundred metres to the west — on March 31.
Carey plans to use the facility for a wide range of sports and activities for people of all abilities for the school and the wider community.
Carey principal Philip Grutzner said the school was “committed to preserving this site as a local facility that respects the historical purpose of the property, providing sport and recreation facilities to Carey and the wider community”.
The school’s announcement puts to rest any unease concerning what else the site could have been used for.
In a statement, the school said it would use the club in keeping with the philosophy of founders of the Kew Heights Bowling and Tennis Club and, more recently, the MCC Foundation.
While Carey plans to redevelop the site over time — including a synthetic sports pitch, outdoor multipurpose courts, a new sports hall and improved on-site carparking — the existing club house and off-street parking will be retained.
When not being used by the school, the wider community will be able to access the facility.
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