Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Northern Victoria Region
Mr GEPP (Northern Victoria) (12:56:03) — My constituency question is to the Honourable John Eren, Minister for Sport, in the other place. I was recently invited to visit the East Shepparton Bowls Club and was pleased to meet the committee and many of the members there. The club shared with me their plans to expand their bowling facilities by adding an all‑weather undercover bowling green. The club would like to extend the use of the venue to year‑round and increased levels of participation.
The club has obtained indicative quotes that would put the total project at approximately $1.2 million. They have $600 000 of their own funds that will go towards the project. The club has been self‑sufficient and independent of any council or government funding since its inception in approximately the year 2000. The club is a significant contributor to the local community through its support of Indigenous youth and in its capacity as both a social and an emergency meeting point for the nearby aged‑care facility, local schools and various ethnic communities. I understand that there are currently no state government grant rounds open. My question is: can the minister provide information and advise on how the club can best progress this proposal?