MORE PARK RESERVE SCORES A TOTAL OF $4 MILLION TOWARDS SPORTS FACILITY UPGRADES, A NEW ACCESSIBLE SPORTS PAVILION AND CAR PARK UPGRADES
More Park Reserve, Ardeer is set for a transformation, thanks to a $4 million funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.
Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP today announced that the project is one of 27 to benefit from a share in more than $68 million from the stimulus program.
This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting vital projects across the state.
The project will include the construction of a new accessible sports pavilion – with four female friendly change rooms and an external public toilet – as well as a car park upgrade. It will also see a sports ground reconfiguration and upgrade including a new softball batting cage, multipurpose training area, path network, and new lighting. Once complete the project will have a big impact on softball, soccer and rugby league which are played at the park.
The facility will provide a perfect base for local clubs to develop programs, train, host games and events.
This investment is about helping grassroots sports communities get back in the game when the time is right.
From sports field lighting upgrades at multiple sites to new indoor sports courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.
By working with local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting clubs and organisations, the program is fast-tracking shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria and is expected to create almost $140 million in local economic activity.
This includes jobs in construction and supply chains with benefits for local businesses through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First requirements which will be built into contracts.
The program is part of the more than $915 million in Victorian Government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.
For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP
“We’re making sport and recreation more accessible for the Ardeer community by investing in the facilities of the future.”
“This investment will support the local economy and create jobs – and support the growing number of people in our community who are keen to get involved in sport and recreation.”