Nillumbik locals can look forward to more soccer, cricket and football thanks to the recent completion of sports ground upgrades at the popular Plenty War Memorial Park and Wattle Glen War Memorial Park.

Member for Yan Yean, Ms Danielle Green MP visited both venues today to officially launch the upgrades made possible by a Victorian Government funding boost of $200,000 in total.

Record numbers of people in Nillumbik, both male and female, are signing up to play grassroots sports and they deserve modern, safe and inclusive facilities closer to home.

The redevelopment at Wattle Glen War Memorial Park has converted the old oval into a soccer hub featuring a new pitch and lighting.

For the more than 1,200 players (over multiple venues) of the Eltham Eagles Soccer Club and Nillumbik Junior Soccer Club, the new developments provide more opportunity for twilight training and games.

With soccer numbers booming in the area, the Victorian Government has also kicked in a further $100,000 from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to establish female friendly clubrooms at the Wattle Glen ground featuring two new accessible change rooms, umpires change areas and accessible car parking.

Female-friendly change rooms mean local soccer can continue to develop more female players and field more junior girls’ and senior women’s squads in the future.

Meanwhile Ms Green also joined the junior boys and girls from the Diamond Creek ‘Demons’ Football Club at Plenty War Memorial Park to officially open their new and improved oval complete with new drainage and a more durable all weather grass surface.

The oval upgrade was made possible by a $100,000 Victorian Government grant.

The new oval surface effectively weather proofs the oval, allowing clubs like the Demons and Plenty Cricket Club more chance to play the game they love, all year round on a reliable surface.

And we are getting on with upgrading more grassroots sports facilities just like these across the state thanks to our $120 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund

The Fund includes $14 million for female friendly facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 invested $332.8 million to improve sports facilities – from grassroots to elite – to cement Victoria as the sporting capital of the world.

Since being elected, the Andrews Labor Government has invested over $740 million in initiatives to make sure our suburban and regional clubs and our iconic sporting stadiums have the modern facilities they need to grow.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Grassroots clubs are the heart and soul of Victoria. They’ve nurtured some of our nation’s greatest sporting champions. We are giving them the facilities they need to continue this proud tradition.”

“Sports like football, soccer and cricket are more popular than ever. But we need better sports grounds in places like Nillumbik to keep up with demand. We’re fixing that.”

“By upgrading tired old grounds and ageing facilities we’re giving more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play the game they love.”


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