LIGHTING UP BEN FRILAY OVAL FOR THE MIGHTY BRIDGES

The Hurstbridge Football Netball Club will soon enjoy new lighting around its home ground thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today announced $15,000 to upgrade the lighting at Ben Frilay Oval, which will extend training hours and save on energy bills for the club.

Hurstbridge Football Club has been an integral part of the local community for more than 100 years, and recently incorporated netball to become the Hurstbridge Football Netball Club.

However, the club’s facilities are well past their use by date. Earlier this year, Ms Green announced $10,000 for the club to develop plans to upgrade its facilities.

Today’s announcement will provide quality lighting of the entire oval by replacing old and faulty fittings. The installation of LED lights by the pavilion will enable some evening events to continue without having to leave on the tower lights. This will reduce operational costs and extend the life of the tower lights.

This upgrade will open up more of the oval for training for more hours a day, make training safer, and allow the club to accommodate the growing interest in female football.

The Labor Government recently delivered the biggest investment in community and women’s sport in Victoria’s history.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invests $241.6 million to upgrade facilities at local grounds and clubs, with more $100 million to improve facilities and access for women – including a $15 million boost for the Female Friendly Facilities Fund.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“The new lighting will let players train harder and longer, helping the mighty Bridges to go from strength to strength.”

“This is about giving our clubs the facilities they deserve and the space they need to attract more members and be more competitive.”