MMVVG has been extremely fortunate in that we now have our own clubhouse.
A brief history of how this came about is detailed below:
Between 2002 and 2006 it had come to the attention of a number of MMVVG members that the Peel District Canoe Club (PDCC), which is situated just upstream from the Ravenswood Bridge and opposite the Ravenswood Hotel on the Murray River was not being used and was in a deteriorating condition.
In October 2006 it was decided to investigate as to whether there was an opportunity for MMVVG to utilize the building. Investigations revealed that the PDCC appeared to be defunct – probably around 2002. Investigations with the Shire of Murray (SOM) revealed that the reserve the building was on was not leased to anybody or organization.
In January 2007 a formal request was made to SOM to lease the reserve for 20 years.
The request was approved by the SOM in May 2007 to lease the reserve to MMVVG for a ten year period.
A number of working bees were organized and along with work by individuals has seen the building transform from being derelict to what it is now.
Various grants were obtained to fund extensive renovations including a large metal roofed patio area
Work undertaken includes:
Numerous working bees Tinting of windows
Painting of the exterior woodwork and roller door Repair of doors
Complete renovation of the kitchen Possum proofing
Erection of the MMVVG Flag Pole Installation of Kayak Launching Ramp
Extension of Paved Area in front of Clubhouse Erection of new patio roof
New storeroom at rear of building Concrete walkway and wash down area at side of Clubhouse
Extensive electrical work including ceiling fans Purchase of equipment including fridges, patio heaters, etc
Concrete Floor Painted Safety Railings on Patio
New Oven Installed
A Typical Monthly Sundowner
The Clubhouse in it's original condition
Work gets under way soon after acquisition of the Clubhouse
The Australian Flag is Raised by Group Members
Storeroom and Paved Area Patio Area
Kayaking from the Clubhouse Free Members Library
We use the Clubhouse for:
Morning teas after bike rides and kayaking activities Regular monthly Sundowners
Various sausage sizzles during events such as Canoe Week Meetings
Annual Australia Day breakfast / lunch Extensive free book library
Storage for Group assets A Group garage sale
Our First Australia Day Function in 2008
Canoe and Kayak Launch Site:
MMVVG has also been active together with the Canoe Trail Friends of Pinjarra & Mandurah Inc and has built a Canoe launch ramp on the reserve next to the Clubhouse. This was approved by the Shire Of Murray on the basis that MMVVG provide assistance “in kind” to erect pine log barriers on either side of the canoe launch area. SOM has undertaken all other work and provided the required materials. Labour for the installation of the pine logs was provided by Group members. This facility now provides Group members and also members of the public with an excellent launching facility on this part of the river and has been used extensively by the Group and other paddling clubs for various activities.