Thursday, 11th May 2017

The Andrew Labor Government is providing growing footy and netball clubs in Gippsland another chance to secure funding to upgrade grounds, courts and pavilions, and welcome more members than ever before.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing today announced that applications are now open for the next round of the Country Football and Netball Program.

The Labor Government is getting on with giving all Victorians – no matter where they live – better access to the modern, safe and inclusive sport facilities they deserve.

Harriet Shing said the program could replace or upgrade ageing grounds and facilities for football and netball clubs in Gippsland so they can meet growing demand.

Grants of up to $100,000 will go to projects such as ground resurfacing, new lighting, building more modern and safer netball courts and new pavilions with female-friendly change rooms.

Labor launched the program in 2005, which has since delivered $23 million to over 460 projects.

Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for all players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport, whilst encouraging everyone to join in the fun and lead healthy and active lifestyles.

That is why we topped up the program with an extra $8 million funding boost. An additional $1 million has also been provided by program partners the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.

Applications for the Country Football and Netball Program are now open and close on Wednesday 26 July 2017. For more information or to apply online visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

Footy and netball clubs are the heart and soul of Gippsland. We’re giving them the facilities they need to grow and attract more members than ever before.” 

“Regional Victoria is home to some of our top football and netball leagues, and these clubs have bred some our nation’s greatest champions.”

“I urge clubs in Gippsland to speak to their local councils about applying for this funding.”