The Andrew Labor Government is providing football and netball clubs in Northern Victoria with another chance to secure funding to upgrade grounds, courts and pavilions, and welcome more members than ever before.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp, today urged local governments and clubs in the area to apply for grants of up to $100,000.
The Labor Government is getting on with giving all Victorians – no matter where they live – better access to the modern, safe and inclusive sport facilities they deserve.
Mr Gepp said the program could replace or upgrade ageing grounds and facilities for football and netball clubs in Northern Victoria so they can meet growing demand.
Grants will go to projects such as ground resurfacing, new lighting, building more modern and safer netball courts and new pavilions with female-friendly change rooms.
Clubs in Northern Victoria that benefitted from the program in 2017 include Cohuna Football Netball Club ($100,000), Merbein Football Netball Club ($100,000), Sea Lake & Nandaly Football Netball Club ($80,000) and Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club ($70,000).
“Footy and netball clubs are the heart and soul of Northern Victoria. We’re giving them the facilities they need to grow and attract more members than ever before,” Mr Gepp said.
“Regional Victoria is home to some of our top football and netball leagues, and these clubs have bred some our nation’s greatest champions.”
Labor launched the program in 2005, which has since delivered $26.6 million to support more than 480 projects.
Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for all players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport, whilst encouraging everyone to join in the fun and lead healthy and active lifestyles.
Mr Gepp said, “I urge clubs in Northern Victoria to speak to their local councils about applying for this funding.”
Applications for the Country Football and Netball Program are now open and close on 12 April 2018. For more information or to apply online, visit sport.vic.gov.au.