The Moyston Willaura Pumas Football Netball Club and SMW Rovers Football Netball Club are set for a bigger home ground advantage, thanks to pavilion upgrades at Willaura Recreation Reserve and oval upgrades at Mininera Recreation Reserve.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Danielle Green today officially opened the new sport and recreation facilities at both grounds, made possible by a more than $505,000 from the Victorian Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

At Willaura Recreation Reserve, up until now the Moyston Willaura Pumas seven netball teams with over 60 plus female members have struggled with outdated clubrooms built over 50 years ago. We’ve fixed that!

The project has delivered a game-changing extension to the main pavilion with dedicated female friendly change spaces and amenities to support game day operations. It also included a refit of the existing football change space to gender neutral amenities.

The new facility allows the club to host more training, development programs and expand on the growing number of female teams.

At Mininera, home club SMW Rovers Football Netball Club can now enjoy playing on a newly resurfaced oval, complete with automatic irrigation system, durable all-weather couch-rye mix and new adjacent water tank.

The Victorian Government kicked in $390,000 for the pavilion upgrades at Willaura Recreation Reserve and more than $115,000 for the oval upgrades at Mininera Recreation Reserve.

The projects were funded through the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, with applications now open for the 2021-22 round. The fund is investing up to $27 million for new and improved sports facilities across Victoria, with a focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls.

The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

From oval redevelopments to pavilion upgrades, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.

They are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.

Ms Green acknowledged the project partner Ararat Rural City Council for its financial contribution of over $242,000 to both projects and the SMW Rovers Football Netball Club and the Mininera community for their contribution to the Mininera Recreation Reserve upgrades.

For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Danielle Green

“With outdoor sport and recreation back now in full swing, clubs like the SMW Rovers and Moyston Willaura Pumas need quality facilities that they can depend on.”

“The new facilities will go a long way to inspiring even more locals to get active and join in the fun at local sport clubs that are welcoming more women and girls, training longer, and competing on quality facilities.”

These projects are a great example of how the Victorian Government is making sport and recreation more accessible and inclusive for all Victorians.”

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