Langma Park, Sunbury United Sporting Club.

Sports club to build children’s play area

Sunbury United Sporting Club is to build a children’s play area and an extension to its premises to host events at the Mitchells Ln venue.

Club president Nat Perri says it is the club’s “biggest drive to date” in renovating the council-owned space.

“The new extension will allow the club to accommodate the ever-increasing number of new patrons attending and wanting to enjoy our facilities, and what we have to offer,” he says via a Hume City Council press release.

Mayor Naim Kurt.

“The addition of a new kids’ play area for families, along with our enclosed pergola area, and our W-Class Tram [mean] we will be able to cater to a variety of patrons.”

The club, based at Langama Park, also plans to modify its licence for pokies from 50 to 40 machines with an application to the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission.

Hume City mayor Naim Kurt says the club’s decision is a “…win for the Hume community and council’s ongoing efforts to reduce gambling harm”. However, the club only has 40 machines on its premises.

Sunbury United Sporting Club Pokie data for 2022 (latest full-year data available)

Time periodNumber of machinesPlayer losses*Average player loss per machine
January – June 202240$1.1 million$28,472
July – December 202240$1.3 million$33,767
Total for 202240$2.4 million$62,239
*Player losses rounded.

Council is spending $1.2m at Langama Park to improve its facilities for soccer, cricket, and rugby players. Planned works involve a refurbishment of Pavilion 2 as well as development of a social pavilion for clubs to use.

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