Diamond Creek’s passionate junior footy players can now train harder and longer, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today switched on an upgraded lighting system at Marngrook Oval, made possible with a $99,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

The reserve is home to junior players from the Diamond Creek Demons Football Club.

The club has been at the heart of the Diamond Creek community for more than 130 years, producing legends including Collingwood’s Coventry brothers. The oval is also used by the 400 members of the Diamond Creek Runners, the local cricket club and schools.

However, a lack of adequate lighting has been restricting practice time, especially during winter. The old lighting system has been upgraded to at least 100 lux LED, which means the full oval can now be used for evening training.

The club will now be able to accommodate growing membership and female participation while training safety will be improved and wear and tear reduced by utilising the full surface.

The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s commitment to sport and recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria, the Labor Government has invested more than $630 million since 2014 in community sport and recreation facilities to support sport and active recreation at all levels.

Ms Green acknowledged Nillumbik Shire Council, the Football Club and the Diamond Creek runners for their commitment and investment in the project.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Local clubs like the Demons are the breeding ground for our next generation of sporting champions and they deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.”

“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”