Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Several Gippsland clubs will be shooting and kicking more goals and growing its ranks with funding from the Andrews Labor Government to build and upgrade their facilities.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region today announced that the following Gippsland clubs were among 23 sports facilities across Victoria to share in more than $2 million from the latest round of the Country Football and Netball Program.

In Gippsland we are delivering $480,000 to assist these sporting clubs to develop their facilities.

This means the mighty will have room to grow and locals can get on the field or court when they want, and stay healthy and active, either as a player, coach, umpire or volunteer.

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

Labor first started the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005, and since, a total of over 400 projects have shared in funding of over $22 million through the program.

This program replaces and upgrades ageing grounds and facilities for football and netball clubs across regional Victoria so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members.

The 2016/17 Victorian Budget delivered a further $60 million boost to build new and upgrade sporting facilities across the state and keep our reputation as the nation’s sporting capital. This included another $8 million boost for the Country Football and Netball Program.

The program has an additional $1 million from partners the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.

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

“In Gippsland we are delivering on funding so players have access to the safe, modern facilities they truly deserve.”

“Regional clubs have bred some of our nation’s greatest sporting champions – and we’re giving them the facilities they need to continue this proud tradition.”