Last week I had the pleasure of announcing two grants under the Country Football
and Netball Program. In Camperdown, $20 000 has been allocated for the extension
and widening of two netball courts as well as improved and expanded change rooms
and suitable shelter for players and spectators at Leura Oval.
It was a delight to meet with Peter Reilly,
the president of the football-netball club, and to have the opportunity to talk
with the netballers last Wednesday about how they believe the improved
facilities will enhance their game.
The Timboon Demons Football Club was also granted $60 000 for a
new umpires change room and home team change rooms, as well as improved kitchen
and canteen facilities. I want to acknowledge the Corangamite Shire Council for
its contribution of $25 000; and the club itself, which provided $4500. I am
looking forward to celebrating the completion of the improvements there with
Michael Hunt, club president, and other community members. The new facilities
will enable larger community functions to be organised and local fundraising to
be made easier.
So far the Labor government has invested over $6 million
towards the redevelopment and construction of more than 150 community sporting
facilities, especially for country communities. This government knows the
importance of country communities and how local football and netball teams are
often the heart of the community and their organisational centre.