Tuesday, 23rd June 2020

Sporting clubs across the Latrobe Valley region will upgrade their facilities for hundreds of avid sportspeople to enjoy, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

Six community-led projects across the region will share in more than $1.7 million in funding from the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $20 million Community and Facility Fund.

Burrage Reserve in Newborough will receive $447,924 for a new pavilion, helping attract new members for the Newborough Yallourn United Soccer Club.

Yallourn-Yallourn North Football Netball Club will receive a $386,899 grant to construct a new netball court and lighting at George Bates Reserve. These upgrades will let the club train more and for longer, and open the facilities for community use.

A new changeroom pavilion will be constructed at the Woodside Recreation Reserve thanks to a $348,689 grant for the Woodside Football Netball Club. The new accessible pavilion will provide changeroom space for all AFL teams, allowing the club to introduce all-female Auskick and other AFL programs.

Maffra Lawn Tennis Club will receive $299,830 to revamp their facilities, including a new kitchen, changerooms and storage.

Moe United Soccer Club will enjoy being able to train and compete at night, with a $176,075 grant to install a new sports lighting system at their Olympic Reserve facility.

West Sale Bowls Club will receive $79,816 to install a commercial kitchen, and accessible toilets with entry ramps.

More than 230 community groups across the Latrobe Valley region are now seeing the benefits of improved facilities thanks to the Victorian Government’s Community and Facility Fund, delivered as part of the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $266 million package.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Local sport is the lifeblood of country towns – they deserve to have the best facilities to help their clubs grow and host great community events.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP

“These projects will improve much loved community sporting facilities and provide a boost to local businesses involved in bringing the projects to life.”

Quote attributable to Latrobe Valley Authority CEO Karen Cain

“Our Community and Facility Fund has now supported over 230 wonderful community-led projects that encourage participation, inclusion and increased visitation to our region.”