Birregurra Recreation Reserve is among 73 projects to score a share in $22 million from the Victorian Government’s 2021 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.
With overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure across Victoria, the fund is supporting projects across five categories including Better Indoor Stadiums, Female Friendly Facilities, Community Sports Lighting, Facilities for Active Seniors, and Scoreboards and Fixed Equipment.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that Birregurra Recreation Reserve, home to Birregurra Saints, has scored $250,000 to upgrade the oval sports lighting to 100 lux to improve the safety for football training and night time activities in order to maintain existing participation and better manage the condition of the oval surface.
The Victorian Government will also contribute $25,000 towards a new electronic scoreboard for Colac’s premier cricket facility, Lake Oval Colac.
From new LED sports lighting installations to new indoor multi-sport courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for more Victorians to secure the benefits of participating in sport and active recreation.
Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence also announced that the next round of the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund will open later this year, with up to $27 million available – including $10 million for female friendly facilities.
The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.
The Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is also a key component of the government’s suite of community sport and active recreation infrastructure investment programs including the World Game Facilities Fund, Community Cricket Program, Community Motorsport Program, Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme and the popular Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.
Ms Tierney acknowledged the Colac Otway Shire Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the projects.
For more information about the program and successful projects go to www.sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Congratulations to the Birregurra Saints and all the sporting clubs at Birregurra Recreation Reserve and Lake Oval Colac. This boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people keen to get involved in local sport and recreation.”
“Local clubs bring so many of us together. This is a great example of how the Victorian Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for more Victorians.”
“The Victorian Government is giving communities like ours the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.”