Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, has announced funding to drought proof sports facilities in Inverleigh as part of the second round of the Brumby Government’s Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program.
Ms Tierney said the $20,000 grant would go towards investing in water efficient assets for local sports facilities, which will make a difference now and into the future.
“Local sports grounds are vital to the social fabric, strength and wellbeing of any community and by improving the quality of those facilities we are encouraging greater participation for all Victorians, so this is a great result,” Ms Tierney said.
These projects are also about supporting sport at the grassroots level and providing more opportunities for our local clubs to continue playing, no matter what the weather brings.”
The latest grant for Inverleigh will fund:
• The Golden Plains Shire Council for the installation of a fixed in-ground sprinkler irrigation system at the Inverleigh Sporting Complex, Oval No 1. Water will be accessed from an existing large dam at the site.
“This important drought relief program provides vital funding to Councils to keep sporting facilities open and implement water saving projects which will provide long term reductions in water use by sporting grounds,” Ms Tierney said.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, James Merlino, said the first round of the Brumby Labor Government’s $12.9 million program had already funded more than 70 projects to reduce the impact of drought in 42 Victorian local government areas.
“Managing the effects of the drought is a challenge for all Victorians. That’s why the Brumby Government has been working in partnership with local councils and their communities to keep grassroots sport alive and meet the challenges of the drought,” Mr Merlino said.
Details of the grants available under the program are available at www.dpcd.vic.gov.au.