AUGUST 25, 2020

Football has been given a boost in Wodonga with the Victorian Government announcing funding to Wodonga City Council to upgrade to facilities at Kelly Park, Wodonga.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced $240,000 towards the upgrade from the government’s 2019-20 The World Game Facilities Fund.

The project is one of thirteen to share in $4.9 million in grants from the fund to develop and redevelop grassroots football facilities across the state.

The world game is more popular than ever and with the recent announcement of Australia co-hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’re expecting even more Victorians will sign up to play in record numbers.

The reserve is home to the Twin City Wanderers Football Club and Belvoir Cricket Club – the Wanderers have seen growing interest in recent years. This upgrade will modernise their facilities so they can cater for growing demand, especially for women and girls.

The funding will enable the Installation of new 100 lux LED sportsfield lighting on the two pitches and training area.

Since 2018, the initiative has injected approximately $9.9 million to 38 game-changing infrastructure projects across Victoria, with a total project value of $25.5 million.  And I am pleased to announce that the 2020-21 World Game Facilities Fund will open in November 2020.

This round of the fund ramps up that effort by providing grants of up to $500,000 to Councils and Alpine Resort Boards to improve facilities in their area including lighting, turf pitch redevelopments, synthetic pitches, and female friendly accessible change rooms.

The fund is part of a more than $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure, since 2014.

Ms Symes acknowledged project partners Wodonga City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to delivering the upgrade at Kelly Park, Wodonga.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Football is booming in Victoria and we’re expecting growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women to sign up to play at local clubs.”

The Victorian Government’s World Game Facilities Fund is getting it done for the Twin City Wanderers Football Club, providing more opportunities for passionate football fans to play the sport they love.”

“We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”