The Andrews Labor Government is giving the Portland Colts Cricket Club the tools and resources it needs to help maintain Victoria’s title as the cricket capital.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced the club is one of 61 clubs across Victoria sharing in $153,000 funding as part of the Community Cricket Program: On Common Ground.
The Government is partnering with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia to deliver the grants.
Ms Tierney announced the club would receive a $3,500 grant to replace the Henty Park hard wicket synthetic pitch surface and concrete slab.
The $12.4 million program is creating renewed opportunities for all Victorians to pick up a bat or ball and enjoy Australia’s national summer pastime.
Victorians love their cricket, regularly filling the MCG or Etihad Stadium at KFC Big Bash
clashes, while the Boxing Day Test is one of the iconic dates on our sporting calendar.
The 61 grants will help clubs complete important facility upgrades, purchase the latest equipment, or deliver programs that help players, coaches and umpires thrive.
More than 320,000 Victorians play a form of cricket. That’s why the Labor Government is committed to growing the game all over the State.
The Government has committed $25 million towards building the Victorian Cricket and Community Centre at Junction Oval, to give our First Class cricketers the base they
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP:
“Portland Colts Cricket Club is a great place to learn the game and forge a career. We’re giving the club a boost, so it can continue to grow.”
“With investments like these, a future star of the international arena just might be a product of Portland.”
“We’re going in to bat for grassroots clubs, because we know Victorians just love their cricket.”
“Our clubs work really hard to ensure thousands of Victorians enjoy our national summer pastime each week. We’re helping those clubs reach for the skies.”