Local cricket clubs and councils across Northern Victoria can apply to develop or upgrade cricket facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP announced that applications had opened for $13.5 million funding under the Community Cricket Program.
With more than 440,000 participants statewide, Victoria is the home of cricket with women and girls signing up in record numbers.
With growing numbers, many clubs are struggling to accommodate new players.
That’s why the Labor Government has relaunched the Community Cricket Program.
The 2019-20 funding will see $6 million made available to clubs and councils to develop or redevelop local cricket infrastructure, from training nets through to female friendly and accessible change rooms.
A further $7.5 million will be made available to develop up to six Metropolitan Cricket and Community Centres, which will provide facilities for administration and skill development, and house local clubs.
These initiatives are part of the Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.
Across Victoria, the Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.
For further information go to sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“Victorian love their cricket, and the Community Cricket Program is making sure that more people can enjoy the game.”
“We’re helping clubs and councils build or upgrade facilities for the local community, opening up new opportunities for training, competition and player development.”
“From Mildura to Yarrawonga, Rochester and Echuca, and everywhere in between – I encourage our local clubs, associations and Councils to get together and see if the Community Cricket Program can make a difference in Northern Victoria.”