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West Oval to lose pavilion

Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, Terry and Robyn Polwarth (holding a photo of Bill), and City of Greater Geelong Councillor Peter Murrihy. (City of Greater Geelong Image)

DEMOLITION of the Polwarth Pavilion has been brought forward as West Oval’s redevelopment continues to take shape.

The pavilion, which was built in 1968 with the help of $25,000 grant by the former City of Geelong West, wasn’t due to be removed until March as part of the $11m stage one upgrade of the venue.

Renamed the Polwarth Pavilion after Geelong West/Geelong West-St Peter’s club icon Bill Polwarth in 1994, it will make way for expanded car parking at the northern end of the ground.

“The pavilion has become a home to sportspeople, supporters, volunteers, and spectators for over 50 years.” City of Greater Geelong councillor Peter Murrihy said.

“Many have celebrated victories, hit milestones and learned from losses within these walls.”

“It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to this West Oval icon, but it’s exciting to see what the future will look like with the masterplan well underway.”

Polwarth’s son Terry said the pavilion had been an important part of the family, with his dad, who died in April last year, spending 35 years in off-field roles at the Roosters.

“He was the property manager, grounds manager, and everything in between,” Terry said. “People would try and do his jobs if he was unable to, nobody could do it like him.”

“The pavilion is an exciting place to be, especially for our father. There’s a lot of history that we will never forget, it’s been fantastic for the Polwarth family.

“But the new pavilion will be here for 100 years, and people will get a lot of enjoyment out of it, just like they did at the Polwarth Pavilion.”

The Polwarth Pavilion sign will be incorporated into the new two-storey facility under construction by the Geelong West Giants.

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