Multiple sport facilities in the Yarriambiack Shire are set for a transformation – thanks to a $2.67 million funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced that this project is one of 27 to benefit from a share in more than $68 million from the stimulus program.
This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting vital projects across the state.
The projects in the Yarriambiack Shire that will share in this funding announcement include:
- Beulah Recreation Reserve project will involve the construction and installation of a Female Friendly and Accessible Modular Changeroom Facility. The facility will provide a perfect base for Southern Mallee Giants Football and Netball Clubs to develop programs, train, host games and events.
- Brim Recreation Reserve project will include fencing and lighting towers to make way for a full-reconstruction of the netball/tennis court facility. The new court surfaces will provide three tennis courts and two netball courts overtop. Further, two player and scorer shelters, fencing and lighting will be installed.
- Rupanyup Recreation Reserve project will involve a partial demolition of the current court facility, including fencing, lighting towers and surrounding shed, to include redevelopment of the tennis facility to become multi-purpose netball/tennis courts. The new court surfaces provide two tennis courts, line marked with two netball courts. Player and scorer shelters, fencing and lighting will also be installed.
These redevelopment projects will provide a much-needed boost to three small rural towns.
Affected not only by Covid-19, but long-term drought, the benefits that will be achieved across the Beulah, Brim and Rupanyup communities will be extensive and will see various economic, social and health benefits.
These projects are shovel ready and would support remote communities in need, resulting in a positive outcome for the communities.
This investment is about helping grassroots sports communities get back in the game when the time is right.
From sports field lighting upgrades at multiple sites to new indoor sports courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.
By working with local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting clubs and organisations, the program is fast-tracking shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria and is expected to create almost $140 million in local economic activity.
This includes jobs in construction and supply chains with benefits for local businesses through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First requirements which will be built into contracts.
For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“This investment will support the local economy and create jobs – and support the growing number of people across the Yarriambiack Shire keen to get involved in sport and recreation.”
“Sport and active recreation is the heart and soul of our rural and regional communities in Northern Victoria.”
“With more and more women and girls signing up to play sports, we are getting on with upgrading infrastructure so clubs can keep up with soaring demand, while also making them accessible and more inclusive for everyone.”
“We’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians by giving communities the facilities they need.”
Quotes attributable to Jessie Holmes, Chief Executive Officer, Yarriambiack Shire Council
“This represents the biggest single investment in Sport and recreation for Yarriambiack and it demonstrates the ongoing commitment from the community, Council and state government to sport in our region once we can get back out there and enjoy it again.”