Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today opened the Yea Showgrounds and Recreation Reserve court made possible by a $73,000 Country Football and Netball Program grant.

Ms Symes said the Yea Tigers Football Netball Club and the Yea Tennis Club can look forward to hosting more games on a brand new multipurpose court ready for use just in time for the start of the season.

“Football and netball clubs are the lifeblood of country Victoria, where families make friends, young players become stars and the community gathers to support its local heroes,” ms Symes said.

“The Tigers strong membership base of 130 netballers can look forward to building on their ranks on this extra court.

“The addition of training lighting will also give players more time on court to improve their skills and make weeknight training session much safer and more enjoyable.

“It’s not only the netball club that will benefit, it will be a huge win for the local community with the multipurpose court being line marked for tennis meaning it will be used all year round.”

Ms Symes thanked project partners Murrindindi Shire Council, the Yea Football Netball Club, Yea Tennis club and the local community for their generous contributions to the project.

The Labor Government is listening to grassroots clubs in country Victoria, who say they need infrastructure upgrades to keep up with growing participation rates.

The Country Football and Netball Program is a partnership between the Victorian Government AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria to help deliver a range of improvements for country football and netball clubs like the Tigers across the state.

“Grassroots sports clubs in country Victoria make our communities tick, but we need to give them the facilities they need to keep evolving,” Ms Symes said.

“We want all Victorians to have access to safe, modern facilities that they can be proud of, no matter where they live.

“I look forward to seeing lots of new members earn their stripes on the new multipurpose court here in Yea.”