Monday, 25 November 2019

Community and sports groups in Officer will have access to bigger and better sports facilities, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today joined the Cardinia Shire Council and local community to officially turned the first sod on the new Comely Banks Recreation Reserve Pavilion in Cardinia.

The $7.2 million project will deliver a new multi-use community and sporting pavilion at the Comely Banks Reserve – including four sets of change rooms, four umpire change rooms and several spaces for community activities.

The Labor Government has supported the project with $3.5 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund, with the remaining funding delivered by the Cardinia Shire Council.

The Growing Suburbs Fund is investing $250 million over five years in local infrastructure in Melbourne’s fast-growing outer suburbs, like Cardinia.

The Fund means that critical local projects get the boost they need to get off the ground – so local facilities can keep up with the needs of their community.

In total, Cardinia Shire has received nearly $18.6 million from the Fund for 10 projects since 2015 – including for the Cardinia Cultural Centre Redevelopment, Deep Creek Reserve Development, Heatherbrae Recreation Reserve Pavilion and the IYU Recreation Reserve.

Quotes attributable to Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek

“This project will be a great home for Cardinia’s community and sports groups, with enough room for everyone.”

“Whether it’s upgraded sporting facilities, better community spaces or new community centres, we’re delivering the facilities our growing communities need.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“This new pavilion will be bricks and mortar proof of our commitment to residents cross Cardinia. Thanks to the Growing Suburbs Fund, our booming population in Officer can enjoy better sports facilities.”