The Donnybrook Football Club has made plans for re-developments to their clubhouse and pavilion to take shape.
Earlier this month, the Donnybrook Football Club committee voted for conditional approval for the Chris Sheehan Pavilion Project.
The club announced plans for extending the front of the clubhouse forward and adding several glass doors across the front for 10 metres of uninterrupted viewing.
Plans have included approximately 160 flip-up seats on new terracing for the grandstand.
Designs have also included the construction of new viewing platforms on either side of the seating area.
Donnybrook Football Club president Daniel Wiseman said the club wanted to honour Sheehan’s memory and promote the ground’s value in the community.
“When we lost Crackers, there was a Chris Sheehan fund set up and the intention of that was to do something in memory of Chris that would have encapsulated what he was about,” he said.
“So we started raising the money and that was one thing that we thought would have been a good way to honour Chris by building a pavilion and naming it after him.”
He said the upgrades would improve viewing for spectators, provide a better look for the area, and improve the facility.
“We’re hoping that more people can come up to the club and enjoy the facilities there,” he said.
“There will be another bar, patio heaters, a TV outside – just to make it a bit more friendly for everyone to enjoy the footy.”
Southern Built Homes director, and Donnybrook Football Club league coach, Julian Burgess said the club has approached the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup with the proposal.
“We’re getting working drawings done now and then they will be put to the shire and we’re hoping to be starting it just before Christmas, it will probably take a couple of months to get it finished,” he said.
“It is just about being supporter friendly, just trying to make the area look nice and fresh and clean.
“It is going to be upgraded, it’s getting a bit tired so basically it needs to be upgraded to keep up with the standards of all the other clubs as well.”
“It’s mainly for us, for the locals to enjoy a better place not only for football but for functions and all that sort of thing.”
VC Mitchell Park has hosted competitive and social sporting fixtures, training sessions, and functions for Donnybrook’s junior and senior football sides.