Tomorrow’s local cricket stars will soon be enjoying better facilities at Mack Oval in Warrnambool with the announcement of funding through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Cricket Facilities.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Warrnambool City Council would receive $90,000 in funding to upgrade facilities at Mack Oval, home of Russells Creek Club.
The funding will enable Warrnambool City Council to deliver its Sports Ground Irrigation Improvement Program – Stage 3 Mack Oval.
The project scope includes the installation of an automated irrigation system at Mack Oval, which will include control software and hardware. This will result in reduced water costs and will significantly improve ground conditions and functionality at the oval.
Mack Oval and surrounding facilities are also utilised by a number of other local and regional community sport and recreation clubs and organisations, including Warrnambool College, Cricket Victoria, Warrnambool & District Cricket Association, Warrnambool and District Football Netball League, Warrnambool Pony Club and Hampden Football Netball League.
Along with the grant from the Andrews Labor Government, Warrnambool City Council has contributed $45,000 towards the project.
The project is one of 25 across the state in this round of funding. The projects are part of a four year initiative by the Andrews Labor Government, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia to improve cricket participation opportunities for all Victorians.
Funding of up to $100,000 is available to local councils or organisations for development of new facilities – or the upgrade of existing cricket facilities – at clubs around the state.
Works can include upgrading change rooms, developing training facilities such as cricket nets, improving access for players and visitors, and ground surface/draining improvements.
Quotes attributable to Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria
“I’m really pleased to announce this important funding – it’s not only an investment in the future of the mighty Russells Creek Club, but also for the other local and regional community sport and recreation clubs and organisations who use it.”
“Victoria is the fastest growth state for cricket, and we’re getting on with the job of creating better facilities for our next generation of international superstars.”
“This funding will encourage boys, girls, men and women living in Warrnambool to enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.”