History of the A.C. Pavilion


The King Valley Community Complex, which includes all the sporting facilities and the A.C. Pavilion is managed by the Whitfield Recreation Reserve Committee of Management and owned by the Rural City of Wangaratta. The committee is made up of local volunteers.

The Reserve is the home of King Valley United Football Netball Club which fields two football teams and four netball teams that play in the Ovens and King Football Netball League. They also join with Greta Football Netball Club to field a ‘thirds’ team (under18) called the Southern Suns. 

Below is a photo of the old pavilion which was pulled down in 1987 (or 1986).


After 14 months of volunteer work and $90,000 later a new sporting complex was opened in 1987. Funds came from a grant of $25 000 and the rest came from the sale of the Whitfield Hall, from the Whitfield Primary school, the King Valley Primary school and the Whitfield R.S.L.  This was a true community initiative.

Many members of the committee are still involved with KVUFNC today.

New pavilion opened June 1987

The pavilion was named after Algernon (Alge) Cory Swinburne a councillor and president of the Oxley Ward, Whitfield Football Club player for 15 years, Justice of the Peace, chairman of the King Valley Conservation League, etc. When the storage dam for Whitfield was built the residents wanted it named Lake Swinburne because of all the work that Alge had put into it, but the Place Names Committee would not accept the name of a person who was still living. Alge was awarded an O.B.E. in January 1984.


In October 2013 the pavilion was revamped after yet another up-grade. This time the money came from a grant from the Victorian State Government and the Rural City of Wangaratta.

And now we have this!!!

The pavilion has a large hall, meeting room, fantastic commercial kitchen, storage, freezers, state of the art toilets and amenities galore.

A perfect function room or use the small room for meetings or just for the kids.