Posted on 17. Jun, 2013 in News
The Napthine Government’s decision to slash $30 million from sport and recreation will affect hundreds of local sporting clubs across the state and impact on local jobs in the community, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews said today.
Mr Andrews visited the Flemington Eagles Soccer Club with Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation, John Eren and State Member for Melbourne, Jennifer Kanis to meet with club officials, players and local families and call on Denis Napthine to reinstate sport and recreational funding.
“Sporting clubs like the Flemington Eagles Soccer Club have been the victims of the Napthine Government’s budget bottom line,” Mr Andrews said.
“Sporting clubs across the state will now find it harder to adequately fund basic facilities such as pitches, courts, toilets, change rooms, lighting and other amenities that are vital to any sporting clubs operation.
“As well as cutting $30 million to the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Napthine Government has scrapped the Extending Support for Soccer program and made no financial allocation for the Community Sporting Code of Conduct.
The Flemington Eagles Soccer Club is a non profit club and was re-established in 2010 to support recreational and sporting activities for young people living in Flemington, North Melbourne and surrounding suburbs like Kensington, Ascot Vale and Carlton.
Mr Eren said that the Sport and Recreational portfolio was continually losing out again and again to Denis Napthine’s budget cuts.
“It’s time that the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty, stood up for his portfolio or stand down as Minister.”
Ms Kanis said that the Flemington Eagles Soccer Club provided an important community activity for local youth in the area.
“The club also serves as a social meeting point for members of the community in a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment,” Ms Kanis said.
“The Flemington Eagles are proud to have developed into one of the best junior soccer programs in the Moonee Valley municipality, with nearly a hundred young players consisting of 6 teams and increasing every year.”
Mr Andrews said that overall investment in Community Facilities Grants had decreased 28 per cent in last month’s State Budget following a 42 per cent reduction over the previous two State Budgets.
“Victorians deserve a government that will deliver and invest in important recreational activities,” Mr Andrews said.