Chiltern’s netball courts have been transformed, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today officially opened Chiltern’s two new netball courts, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Country Football and Netball Program.

Chiltern Park Recreation Reserve is home to the Chiltern Swans Football Netball Club, which has a history dating 160 years, from the time the first gold miners settled in the area.

The club has been going from strength to strength in recent years, but the netballers have been held back with only one run-down court on which to train and play. This restricted training and competition opportunities and flexibility.

The Labor Government has fixed that.

Two new courts have been built – one to competition standard and one for training. Both courts have competition-standard lighting.

The new courts will see the club welcome new netballers, extend training time and host more competition.

The Country Football and Netball Program replaces and upgrades ageing facilities for football and netball clubs across rural, regional and outer metropolitan Victoria, so they can meet growing demand and welcome more members.

It’s a funding partnership with AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live.

Grants of up to $100,000 are invested into projects such as ground resurfacing, installation of lighting, building modern netball courts and new pavilions with accessible and female-friendly change rooms.

Labor launched the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005, and since then it has provided more than $26.6 million to over 480 projects across the state.


It’s 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 the state, the Government has invested more than $630 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.

Ms Symes acknowledged project partners Indigo Shire Council and Chiltern Football Netball Club for their investment in the project, and the local community for its generous in-kind contribution.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“The Swans are part of the fabric of Chiltern and they deserve facilities they can be proud of.”

“I’m sure the netballers will embrace the new courts and lighting, so they can welcome more players, train harder, and win more games.”

“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get involved in local sport and recreation, and to lead healthy and active lifestyles.”