Drought affected communities across Victoria are being given a helping hand to help ‘drought proof’ local sporting facilities, thanks to a $2.1 million boost from the Victorian Government.
The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said the Lake Colac Cricket Ground in Colac is among 54 projects to receive funding from the latest round of the government’s Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program (DRCSRP).
“There is no doubt the drought has forced us to think of new ways to keep sport alive in the face of climate change,“ Ms Tierney said.
“The Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program provides grants to help local communities and councils develop sustainable approaches to water management, so we can continue to use our local sporting facilities.
“Through this initiative, we are helping sporting facilities meet the challenges of climate change so that grassroots clubs can continue to provide opportunities for active participation, whatever the weather brings,” she said.
The $60,000 grant for the Lake Colac Cricket Ground will fund the redevelopment of Lake Colac Cricket Ground to include:
• Oval preparation including levelling and shaping
• Installation of new efficient drainage and an automatic irrigation system
• Replanting of drought tolerant turf
• Installation of a 27,000 litre water tank
Sport and Recreation Minister, James Merlino said the funding program was helping the government highlight the importance of smarter water use.
“The Victorian Government is working hard to ensure all Victorians have the facilities they need to participate in sport and recreation, so they do not miss out on the benefits of healthy, active involvement.
Since 2006 the Victorian Government has committed $27.7 million towards new ways of keeping our drought affected sports alive and funded over 520 projects.
“Sporting clubs are the lifeblood of local communities because they provide a gathering place for friends and family to get together, play sport and have fun,” Mr Merlino said.
“More and more, we’re seeing sporting associations, councils, and clubs put efficient water practices into place, which is great to see.
“Managing the effects of the drought is a challenge for all Victorians. That’s why the Victorian Government has been working in partnership with local councils and their communities to keep grassroots sport alive and meet the challenges of the drought.”