VAFA HEADQUARTERS TO BENEFIT FROM LABOR’S $112 MILLION BOOST FOR COMMUNITY SPORT

VAFA HEADQUARTERS TO BENEFIT FROM LABOR’S $112 MILLION BOOST FOR COMMUNITY SPORT

Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Victoria

Elsternwick Park will be upgraded as part of a $112 million boost to grow community sport under a future Labor Government, Premier John Brumby announced today.

Mr Brumby was joined by the Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley, in Elsternwick to make the announcement today and said Elsternwick Park would receive up to $1.5 million to transform it into a modern, family-friendly football ground with top-class facilities.

“Victorians love their sport and that’s why we’re investing heavily in sporting infrastructure to ensure we cement our status as the sporting capital of the world,” Mr Brumby said.

“We know the benefit sport provides to our communities and by improving the quality of sporting facilities we’re encouraging even more people to get healthy and active.

“Labor will provide up to $1.5 million towards the Victorian Amateur Football Association’s (VAFA) plan to resurface the ground at Elsternwick Park, build better change rooms, including facilities for sportswomen, and improve amenities for spectators.”

Mr Brumby said the Labor Government would work with the VAFA, the local council and AFL Victoria to deliver the redevelopment.

Mr Foley said Elsternwick Park was the home of the VAFA, which had more than 12,000 registered players from 74 clubs across Melbourne.

“This important redevelopment will ensure Elsternwick Park is up to the required standard for competition football, and a better ground for the hundreds of youngsters who play football and cricket there each weekend,” Mr Foley said.

“Importantly, the upgrade will also deliver better facilities for spectators, with improved community and social rooms.”

Sport and Recreation Minister James Merlino said the funding was part of the $112 million Facilities for the Future grants program to redevelop community sporting clubrooms and facilities and support the construction of large-scale multi-purpose facilities in communities.

“Grants will be available in three categories, starting with small facility upgrades, including lighting, while grants of up to $500,000 will be available for bigger upgrades, such as ground resurfacing and clubroom improvements. Grants of up to $5 million will also be available for large-scale multi-purpose facilities in growing areas,” Mr Merlino said.

“We want our local sporting clubs to continue to thrive, which is why the Brumby Labor Government has already invested more than $200 million for over 2000 community sport projects through the successful Community Facility Funding Program.”

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