Alvie’s Football Netball Clubrooms will soon be redeveloped into a vibrant new social and sporting hub, and the Forrest Netball Club will be upgrade, thanks to a Brumby Government funding boost.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP said the Brumby Government would provide $170,000 to Colac Shire Council to build a new multipurpose facility at the Football Netball Club and a further $60,000 to upgrade facilities at Forrest Football and Netball Club.
“The Brumby Government is committed to making Victoria the best place to live, work, invest and raise a family,” Ms Tierney said.
“These grants will provide local residents with community facilities that will encourage people to come together and be active in their communities.”
Ms Tierney said the ageing Alvie Public Hall was beyond repair and was unable to be used.
“When built, the new hub will include a meeting room for 100 people, canteen and kitchen, new toilets and storage and will be used by residents in Alvie and surrounding communities such as Dreeite, Cororooke and Balintore,” she said.
“The meeting space will provide a venue for school activities, community meetings and other social gatherings.”
“The redevelopment project also includes the extension and resurfacing of the Alvie netball court, and a new netball pavilion, incorporating change rooms and amenities.”
Ms Tierney said the Forrest Football and Netball Club would receive $60,000 from the Brumby Government’s Country Football Netball Program.
“The funding will be used to upgrade the netball facilities, including extending and resurfacing the courts, installing lighting and building a new shelter,” she said. “These improvements will ensure members can enjoy better facilities and attract more participants to the club.”
Community Development Minister Peter Batchelor said it was important that communities had local places to call their own.
“This new facility in Alvie will provide a focus for community life and become a real hub for local people in the Colac Otway Shire,” Mr Batchelor said.
Sport and Recreation Minister James Merlino said sporting clubs and facilities were vital to their communities.
“It is a Brumby Government priority to ensure all community members have the facilities they need to participate in sport and recreation, so they do not miss out on the benefits of healthy, active involvement.”