The Inverleigh Sporting Complex is set for a transformation, thanks to a $1,527,300 funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that the project is one of 27 to benefit from a share in more than $68 million from the stimulus program.
This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting vital projects across the state.
The project will include refurbishment of two existing player change rooms and supporting amenities, construction of two new female friendly/unisex change rooms and umpire change rooms with supporting amenities including, first aid, massage and storage spaces and installation of new septic system.
Once complete, the new and refurbished facilities will support new and existing participation levels in football, cricket, community group programs and assist with the rapid growth being experienced in female football – both umpiring and playing in the region.
The facility will provide a perfect base for Inverleigh Football and Netball Club and Inverleigh Cricket Club to develop programs, train, host games and events.
This investment is about helping grassroots sports communities get back in the game when the time is right.
From sports field lighting upgrades at multiple sites to new indoor sports courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.
By working with local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting clubs and organisations, the program is fast-tracking shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria and is expected to create almost $140 million in local economic activity.
This includes jobs in construction and supply chains with benefits for local businesses through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First requirements which will be built into contracts.
The program is part of the more than $915 million in Victorian Government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.
Ms Tierney acknowledged the Golden Plains Shire Council, Inverleigh Sporting Complex Committee of Management and the Inverleigh Football and Netball Club for their commitment and financial contribution to the project.
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
“I’m really pleased to announce this important funding for the mighty Hawks – it’s not only an investment in the future of the club, but also for the community who use it.”
“This investment will support the local economy and create jobs – and support the growing number of people in Inverleigh keen to get involved in sport and recreation.”
“We’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians by giving communities the facilities they need.”