Local netballers will soon be enjoying upgraded sport facilities thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in country football and netball clubs.

Greenhill Reserve in Wallan is one of 17 projects to receive funding in the latest round of Country Football and Netball Program grants.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes welcomed $83,525 in funding for the Greenhill Reserve Netball Court Lighting Project.

Ms Green, who is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, acknowledged Mitchell Shire Council for their contribution to the $128,500 project which will see lighting installed on two unlit netball courts.

The Labor Government launched the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005, and since then the Program has supported more than 500 projects valued at over $100 million.

The program is a partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria and recognises that everybody deserves access to quality facilities, no matter where they live.

The program backs clubs that often serve as the heartbeat of their country and outer-metropolitan communities, allowing them to replace and upgrades facilities so they can grow their sport and best meet the needs of local people.

Grants from the latest round support upgrades including ground resurfacing, irrigation, lighting and new netball courts and pavilions.

Support for local clubs is part of the Government’s commitment to community sport and active recreation, gender equality, and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria, the Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.

This latest funding announcement brings the state government’s investment in Greenhill Reserve to a total of $775,163, including a second competition-standard netball court, the Greenhill Pavilion extension with female friendly facilities, and lights and synthetic green for the Wallan Bowls Club.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Footy and netball clubs like the Wallan Magpies are the heart and soul of town’s like Wallan and we’re proud to help out with funding for this important project.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“We want to encourage more people to be active and healthy– it’s fabulous that our netballers can now train and play day or night.”

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