17th February 2020

Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby are settling into their new home at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showgrounds following significant funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing MP officially opened the refurbished facility on Saturday, after the Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby received $81,600 through the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community and Facility Fund

Works by local builders involved roof repairs, electrical upgrades, installation of a child play area and a storage area fit-out. Accessibility improvements included a unisex accessible toilet with a change table, a ramp to replace steps leading to the toilets and an accessible emergency exit.

Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby have experienced a huge membership increase from 18 members to more than 120 participants. The Derby’s membership base is made up predominately of women, many of whom are young mothers or identify as LGBTIQ+.

In 2019 Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby launched the Gippsland Pride Initiative – a series of three annual events celebrating IDAHOBIT in May, Roller Derby Pride Cup and Gippsland Pride Gala. The second Gippsland Pride Gala and Gippsland Pride Cup will be held on 23 May 2020.

More than 180 different community groups across the Latrobe Valley region are now seeing the benefits of improved facilities thanks to the Labor Government’s Community and Facility Fund, delivered as part of the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $266 million package.

The $20 million Fund is now fully subscribed, with LVA staff continuing to work with individual groups to complete projects already underway.

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing MP

“The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support this wonderful project – Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby are very worthy grant recipients who are making a positive difference to the lives of people in our community.”

“The extensive upgrades that have been undertaken here will further support membership growth into the future and provide a place to participate in sport that is family-friendly and inclusive.”

Quotes attributable to CEO Latrobe Valley Authority, Karen Cain

“Congratulations to Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby who have transformed the facility into a safe and inclusive space for their growing membership.”