LABOR SHOOTING GOALS FOR NORTHERN VICTORIA FOOTBALL AND NETBALL

The Andrew Labor Government is providing footy and netball clubs in Northern Victoria another chance to secure funding to upgrade grounds, courts and pavilions, and welcome more members than ever before.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, 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.

Ms Symes 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.

Here in Northern Victoria, the program has already helped deliver hundreds of thousands of dollars in new facilities for local sporting clubs.

“Footy and netball clubs are the heart and soul of our country towns and Labor is giving them the facilities they need to grow and attract more members than ever before,” Ms Symes said.

“Country Victoria is home to some of our top football and netball leagues, and these clubs have bred some our nation’s greatest champions.

“I urge clubs in Northern Victoria to speak to their local councils about applying for this funding.”

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.

Applications for the Country Football and Netball Program are now open and close on April 12, 2018. For more information or to apply online, visit sport.vic.gov.au

Clubs are welcome to contact my office for further details on 57832000 or via email jaclyn.symes@parliament.vic.gov.au