HELPING SPORT CLUBS GROW IN MELBOURNE’S NORTH

Football and netball clubs in Whittlesea, Nillumbik and Mitchell Shires will be able to update tired grounds and build the facilities they need with help from the Andrews Labor Government’s Country Football Netball Program.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, today announced a new grants round for the program that gives regional and outer metropolitan sporting clubs safe, modern facilities.

Football and netball clubs are the lifeblood of our community, where families make friends, young players become stars and the community gathers to support local heroes. We’re giving players, parents, volunteers and fans the great facilities they deserve.

Labor launched the program in 2005, and it’s since delivered $22.3 million to more than 400 projects right around the state.

Clubs can apply for grants of up to $100,000 for facility improvements like change room upgrades, court refurbishments, ground resurface works or lighting installation.

The Labor Government is listening to grassroots clubs in regional Victoria and outer suburban Melbourne, who say they need infrastructure upgrades to keep up with growing participation rates.

Melbourne’s outer north is home to some of Victoria’s biggest football and netball clubs – and top flight football and netball players, past and present. Tony Shaw, Blake Caracella, and Kate Maloney all began their careers in the north.

For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Danielle Green MP “Grassroots sports clubs make Melboure’s north tick, but we need to give them the facilities to keep evolving.”

“Our community has a proud history of producing some great sportsmen and women. By investing in facilities we’re doing our bit to help uncover the next Brownlow medallist or Diamonds champion.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren

“We want all Victorians to have access to safe, modern facilities that they can be proud of, no matter where they live.”