The Andrews Labor Government is putting families first by giving communities in the Colac Otway and Corangamite Shires the great sport and recreation facilities they deserve.
The community can look forward to upgraded recreation facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Colac Otway Shire Council is set to receive a $250,000 grant for their Cororooke Open Space – Path Network and Playspace project.
The project is one of 100 projects to benefit from a share in more than $30 million. It will provide the community with access to informal and passive recreation opportunities by developing the path network and a multi-age play space.
The Council will also receive $30,000 for their City Reserves Planning project. Once complete, it will provide Council with a clear direction and framework for future sport and active recreation investments to meet the current and future needs of the local community.
Meanwhile, Corangamite Shire Council will also receive $30,000 for their Recreation Reserve Masterplan. The project involves the development of a Corangamite Shire Recreation Reserves 10 year Master plans located in the townships of Camperdown, Cobden, Derrinallum, Noorat, Simpson, Terang and Timboon.
These investments also recognise the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure across Victoria and includes additional funding provided through the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.
From change room upgrades to new aquatic centres, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.
This round of the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund will deliver over $243 million in local economic activity, creating hundreds of construction, maintenance and operational jobs.
The fund contributes to over $915 million government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. This investment is improving the health, wellbeing, social and economic outcomes for Victorian communities.
The Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is also a key component of the government’s new suite of infrastructure investment programs including the World Game Facilities Fund, Community Cricket Program and Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.
The Government acknowledges Colac Otway Shire Council and Corangamite Shire Council for their commitment and financial contribution to these projects.
For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Play spaces give children the chance to experience real adventure, develop skills around nature-based learning and let their imagination run wild.”
“For too long, communities all over Victoria have had to contend with ageing facilities. This is a great example of how the Victorian Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.”
“The Victorian Government is giving communities like ours the facilities they need so more local children and families can get outdoors and forge new friendships while keeping fit and active.”