The Andrews Labor Government is putting Victorian families living in the south west first by giving grassroots cricket clubs the support they deserve.
Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria, announced today that Walter Oval in Warrnambool is set to benefit from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund by receiving grants through a $100,000 grant to upgrade the oval.
Our investment will enable the upgrade of Walter Oval to move into Stage 2, delivering an automated irrigation system that will enhance the development of the sporting complex.
There will be much less need for voluntary labour, reduced water coasts and a better playing surface for South Rovers Football Club and Wesley CBC Cricket Club.
Grassroots clubs are the lifeblood of our suburbs and towns. They are where communities get together, locals embrace healthy and active lifestyles and kids enjoy special memories that stay with them for life.
Victorians love their cricket in summer. Some 320,000 of us play a form of the game, and thousands flock to big events like the Boxing Day Test each year.
Our Community Cricket Program is providing new opportunities for all Victorians to pick up a bat or ball and enjoy our national summer pastime.
Victoria is the sporting state, and it doesn’t happen by chance. We’re upgrading grassroots facilities all over the state, because it changes people’s lives for the better.
Quotes attributable to Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria
“Cricket and football are really popular in the south west, and local players deserve the best facilities. That’s exactly what we’re delivering.”
“For too long, communities all over Victoria have had to contend with facilities in need of upgrade. We promised we’d help clubs update grounds and build the facilities they need. “
Quotes attributable to Cricket Victoria Chief Executive Tony Dodemaide
“Boasting the second highest total participation numbers in Australia, Victoria’s 328,045 cricket participants are spread across all forms of the game.”
“Almost 44 per cent of Victoria’s participants are involved at a club and community level, and this overarching support extends to participants of diverse backgrounds.”