Thursday, 25 January 2018

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

Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria Region today urged local governments and clubs in the area to apply for grants of up to $100,000.

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.

Ms 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 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.

Here in Gippsland the program has already helped deliver a number of projects.

Labor launched the program in 2005, which has since delivered $26.6 million to support more than 480 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.

Applications for the Country Football and Netball Program are now open and close on 12 April 2018. For more information or to apply online, visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing:

“Footy and netball clubs are at the heart of many Gippsland communities and as our population grows, we’re investing in more and better facilities to attract more players and members than ever before.” 

“As well as our $85 million in new sporting infrastructure to bring major events to the region and increase pride of place and strengthened communities, we are also working hard to make our grassroots clubs the very best they can be.”

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