MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria—Minister for Training and Skills, Minister for Higher Education)
Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September 2021:
Last week I had great pleasure in joining the member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, in making an important announcement in Bannockburn that will make such a difference for the community and especially for junior and senior netballers at the Bannockburn Football and Netball Club.
Bannockburn and its region continues to grow strongly, and as with so many regional towns, sport is at the heart of this community.
The Andrews Labor government understands this, and it will be great to see the impact of a $1.1 million contribution towards a significant upgrade that includes a new pavilion, female-friendly player and umpire change rooms, accessible toilets, social spaces, first-aid facilities and an office.
This funding is part of sport infrastructure investment in the Victorian budget 2022–23.
Netball is booming at the Bannockburn Tigers but it’s fantastic news, too, that Bannockburn will field for the first time at least one AFLW team next year.
Providing quality facilities will give huge encouragement for participation.
Junior and senior netballers have struggled with an ageing facility, so this new project is a real step forward—gender equity has been a long time coming to Victoria Park.
This government’s support of local sport, including sport for girls and women, has totalled more than $1.2 billion statewide since 2014.
Golden Plains Shire Council and the Bannockburn Football and Netball Club have worked hard to bring this project to fruition, and I acknowledge the work of club president Scott Penning and secretary Kath Bourke.
I look forward to visiting Victoria Park to see these much-deserved developments.