SPORTS LIGHT UP IN WODONGA

The Wodonga Raiders football and netball clubs can now play day and night thanks to the installation of a second netball court and new lighting across the oval and courts at Birallee Park.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today joined representatives from Wodonga City Council and the Raiders to officially launch the new upgrades, made possible by a $250,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government.

Sport is the lifeblood of regional communities. Up until recently the more than 390 members of the Raiders Clubs were limited in their ability to train and compete due to poor lighting and a lack of court space.

The project has delivered an additional competition netball court complete with lighting, allowing the Raiders to host more night training, junior development programs, games and regional tournaments.

Lighting around the main oval has also been upgraded to 200 lux, opening the venue to night football.

Additional lighting also provides more opportunity for the venue to host the big events including Wodonga community’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The new netball and lighting facilities also complement the construction of the new hockey and BMX pavilion underway at the Park, also made possible thanks to $1.65 million from the Victorian Government through the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

Funding for these projects are part of more than $1.2 billion invested by the Victoria Government in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.

Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, levelling the playing field and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.

Ms Symes acknowledged the Wodonga City Council for its commitment of $112,749, and the Federal Government for its $300,000 towards the netball court and lighting.

For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit sport.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“For too long clubs like the Raiders have been limited and left in the dark, due to outdated or non-existent court and lighting facilities – they deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.”

“The second netball court and competition lighting provide a real incentive for local clubs to ramp up training and development and for locals to join in the fun.”

“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”