Tuesday, October 26, 2021

$27m home run for local sport

The Victorian Government has announced up to $27 million in funding for new and improved sports facilities across the state.

Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, today announced applications were now open for the 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

She said the fund will invest up to $27 million for new and improved facilities, with a focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls.

“Investing in new and upgraded facilities means community clubs can support more players and host more events
safely as we progressively re-open,” said Minister Spence.

“We’re creating a level playing field and urge councils and sporting organisations to think creatively about how they can support their communities with innovative and inclusive facilities.”

The Fund supports projects across five dedicated streams: Indoor Stadiums/Aquatic Centres, Female Friendly
Facilities, Community Sports Lighting, Community Facilities, and Planning.

The grant amount available to develop female friendly facilities has increased to up to $800,000 to support more women and girls getting involved in community sport, the Minister said.

“This funding will make a huge difference to our club, and our women’s baseball program in particular,” said Doncaster Baseball Club President, Craig Hutton.

“We can now look forward to a new pavilion at Deep Creek Reserve that includes upgraded facilities and women’s changerooms for the first time.”

The planning stream will support councils in developing projects to meet the changing needs of their communities, she said.

Clubs are advised to contact their local council to help with the Local SportsInfrastructure Fund application process. For more information or to apply online, visit sport.vic.gov.au.

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