Labor Delivers Euroa Community Sports Centre Upgrade

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $200,000 from the Community Support Fund to upgrade the Euroa & District Community Sports Centre.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes was joined by Labor’s Candidate for Euroa, Fionna Deppeler Morton, to make the announcement today following their advocacy for funding after the project just missed out on being successful under the Pick My Project initiative.

The project proposes to modernise facilities and equipment to increase community sport participation. The stadium needs to be brought up to contemporary standard. Equipment, walls and flooring need replacing and there is currently no heating or cooling in the stadium.

It is expected that the proposed modernisation of facilities and equipment will increase sport participation in Euroa and the improvements will benefit Euroa Secondary College and various Euroa sports clubs and community groups.

User groups include the Euroa Badminton Club, The Euroa Basketball Association, The Euroa and District Netball Association, Euroa Football Netball Club, the Euroa Junior Football Netball Club and the Euroa Squash Club and has also been used for the Euroa Show and Shine.

Activities include training and competition for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, training for football and private recreational use by individuals.

Euroa Secondary College is about to embark on a $950,000 upgrade, the Sports Centre although on education land is a community facility and not directly entitled to funding from the Department of Education, which is why Ms Symes and Ms Deppeler encouraged a project under the Pick My Project initiative.

“The school raised concerns about the ageing infrastructure of the stadium earlier this year so we committed to help them access funding for upgrades and after their efforts under pick my project fell just 8 votes short we were determined to get the money elsewhere.” Ms Symes said.

“I’m delighted that the Treasurer agreed to approve this funding and the project can get underway immediately.”

Ms Deppeler-Morton welcomed the funding announcement saying “as the only indoor facility in the area it is vital that we ensure it is kept up to scratch and able to encourage more locals to get involved and get active.”

“As a mum of two young boys I know firsthand how vital this stadium is to the community, our country kids deserve modern facilities and this $200,000 will make a huge difference.”

Pick My Project had significant interest from across the state and there were a large number of unsuccessful projects. A selection of these unsuccessful projects have been funded out of the Community Support Fund.