The Corangamite Shire Council will receive a $60,000 boost from a Brumby Government funding package to improve community sporting facilities across the state.
The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, said the project was one of 130 across Victoria to share in almost $5.5 million from the latest round of the 2008-2009 Community Facility Funding Program – Minor Facilities and Planning Categories.
“The funding will go towards replacing an existing playground with a modern, all access, all age playground for use by Lismore residents and visitors in the area, to better cater to the needs of community members,” Ms Tierney said.
“Quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities play an important role in building stronger communities across the state.
“These grants will help improve existing clubs, giving communities more opportunities to stay involved in the sports and activities they love, and to lead healthy and active lifestyles,” Ms Tierney.
The 2008-2009 Community Facility Funding Program – Minors Category provides grants of up to $60,000 to upgrade local sporting facilities across Victoria. Projects are funded in partnership with local councils, helping to deliver better sporting infrastructure for local communities.
The Minister for Sport and Recreation, James Merlino, said the grants were helping Victorians from every corner of the State to enjoy better sport and recreation facilities.
“Beyond the obvious health advantages, there were clear social benefits to getting active,” Mr Merlino said.
“When people get involved in sport, they become better connected and form stronger links to their local communities.
“Through the Community Facilities Funding Program, which has invested $169 million towards 1850 projects since 2000, we are helping make sure communities have the facilities they need to encourage healthy, active involvement,” he said.
For more information about the Community Facility Funding Program visit http://www.sport.vic.gov.au.