Local netball, football and cricket in Birchip are set to take their sports to a whole new level, thanks to the recent makeover of netball courts, oval and changeroom facilities at Birchip Recreation Reserve.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp today joined members of the Birchip Watchem Bulls Football Netball Club before their clash against the local rivals Charlton to officially open the facility upgrades made possible by a $400,000 investment package from the Victorian Government.
The Birchip Recreation Reserve is the main sporting hub in the local area. Recently some of the ageing facilities at the reserve have been struggling to cope with growing demand for local sport.
Thanks to the recent upgrades the two old cracked asphalt netball courts have been resurfaced with a more durable acrylic.
This provides a reliable weatherproof surface and the ideal training and competition venue for the 100-plus Birchip Watchem netballers that depend on the courts.
The upgrades at the reserve’s Birchip Leisure Centre building have also delivered female friendly changerooms for the Birchip football and cricket teams.
Oval resurface works have re-levelled the oval, replaced the irrigation system to improve water efficiency and reseeded the ground with drought tolerant grasses.
Together the new reserve improvements are a game changer, allowing the Bulls to host more training and competition all year round and for local community groups to use the upgraded facilities for events.
The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2015.
This includes the recent $55 million budget boost towards sports infrastructure investments to deliver new and improved community sports infrastructure across the state, with a particular focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls through the popular Female Friendly Facilities Fund.
From playspace redevelopments to pavilion upgrades, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.
They are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.
Mr Gepp acknowledged the Federal Government, Buloke Shire Council, AFL Victoria and the Birchip Watchem Football Netball Club for their commitment and financial contributions to the projects.
For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit: www.sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“For too long clubs like the Bulls have been hamstrung by outdated facilities – they deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.”
“The female friendly upgrades at the reserve also open more opportunities for participation at this popular reserve.”
“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so, and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”