Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 in Clayton Update, Election Media Release

Mount Waverley families will benefit from a $112 million boost to grow community sport under a future Labor Government, Premier John Brumby announced today.

Joined today by the Member for Mount Waverley, Mr Brumby said Waverley Victory Football Club would receive up to $200,000 to upgrade Brandon Park Reserve under a new Facilities for the Futures program to boost Victoria’s community sporting 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 invest up to $200,000 for Waverley Victory Football Club to upgrade lighting for night training and matches and upgrade their current pavilion at Brandon Park Reserve.

“The upgrade would allow for club membership to grow and boost participation in community sport.”

The $112 million Facilities for the Future program will make available grants to redevelop community sporting clubrooms and facilities and support the construction of large-scale multipurpose facilities in growing communities.

“Local sporting clubs are the heart and soul of our communities, so this is a great outcome for our sports clubs and everyone who enjoys using Brandon Park Reserve,” Ms Morand said.

“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.”

Sport and Recreation Minister James Merlino said the boost was a continuation of the Brumby Labor Government’s record investment in elite and grassroots sporting infrastructure.

“We want our local sporting clubs to continue to thrive,” Mr Merlino said.

“Melbourne now has the world-class $267.5 million AAMI Park for soccer, rugby league and rugby union, we’re building a new $50 million State Sports Centre and work is underway on a $363 million redevelopment at Melbourne Park.”

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