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Harriet Shing MP:
Ramping up support for local sports infrastructure

Government to help improve the wellbeing outcomes and participation of communities through high-quality recreation infrastructure.

By Portal Admin - 9th February 2021 - Back to News

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the 2021 round of the fund is now open for applications. The Andrews Labor Government is getting on the new 2021 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund with:

  • helping local communities transform sports facilities
  • build female friendly change facilities
  • light up more sports fields through

Grassroots sports clubs are the lifeblood of our towns, and they deserve modern, safe and inclusive facilities with room to grow and welcome more participants than ever before, especially women and girls.

A 22 million investment to develop sports infrastructure

The 2021 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is investing up to $22 million for projects that develop local sports infrastructure. The Fund will improve wellbeing outcomes and support participation by disadvantaged communities and under-represented groups through the development of high-quality, accessible, community sport and active recreation infrastructure. There is a range of grant opportunities across five funding streams including:

  • Better Indoor Stadiums
  • Female Friendly Facilities
  • Community Sports Lighting
  • Facilities for Active Seniors
  • Scoreboards and Fixed Equipment

The fund continues the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to:

  • increasing the number of women and girls participating in sport
  • delivering more multi-sport indoor courts
  • improving sports field capacity
  • enabling more senior Victorians to be physically active

Sports Infrastructure project will generate jobs

Projects to receive grants from the previous round of the fund include $500,000 towards a brand-new multi-use, female friendly pavilion at Trafalgar Recreation Precinct, and $250,000 towards new athletic track floodlighting at Rieschiecks Reserve in Doncaster East. Sourcing local materials will also enable many more Victorian businesses to thrive in these uncertain times. The fund also helps generate economic activity and hundreds of jobs for:

  • Planners
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Project managers
  • Builders
  • Carpenters
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Maintenance staff
  • Facility managers
  • Operational personnel

Heart and soul of the local communities

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said, "Sport and active recreation is the heart and soul of our local communities. Unfortunately, many clubs and communities are struggling with run down infrastructure. With more and more women and girls signing up to play in Eastern Victoria we are getting on with upgrading infrastructure so clubs can keep up with soaring demand, while also making them accessible and more inclusive. I urge councils and sporting organisations to partner and apply for projects that will make a real difference to the lives of Victorians."

Interested clubs are advised to contact their Local Government Authority or Alpine Resort Board to assist with the application process. For more information or to apply online visit a COVID-safe summer.


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