The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today visited Victoria Park Recreation Reserve in Koroit to see the progress of the major upgrade of the sports stadium and the installation of an irrigation system to the main oval.
The Brumby Labor Government contributed over half a million dollars under the Community Facilities Funding Program (CFFP) – Majors Category for the upgrades which are expected to be completed in early 2010
“It is very exciting for the community to see the construction works here at Victoria Park coming along well.
“Local sports clubs are often a focal point of a community – and grassroots sport is at the heart of community life in Victoria.
“Our local sporting clubs and facilities provide gathering places where people can play, exercise, socialise, volunteer and be part of their community,” Ms Tierney said.
The works include:
– the extending and upgrading the high ball sports stadium to meet netball and basketball requirements
– the development of change spaces and amenities for women, people with a disability and football and netball umpires
– meeting and administration spaces and a warm up area
– a new public toilet to replace the existing facility
The Brumby Labor Government is also contributing $26,000 for the installation of an underground fully automated drip irrigation system on the oval (adjacent to the stadium upgrade)
The funding is part of the Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program and was announced in June this year and the works are coming along well.
“The program provides grants to help local communities and councils develop sustainable approaches to water management, so we can continue to use our local sporting facilities,” Ms Tierney said.
Funding for both projects has been provided to the Moyne Shire Council who in conjunction with the local community has contributed over $1.25 million toward these projects.
“The construction works we see here today are an example of the what can be achieved when Government, Council and the local community work together and I am looking forward to the completed works,” Ms Tierney said.