02 August 2017

Game on for Winchelsea Netball Club under Building Better Regions Fund

A new netball pavilion at Eastern Reserve in Winchelsea will soon become a reality under the first round of the Coalition Government’s new Building Better Regions Fund.

Teaming up with Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash in Winchelsea today, Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson said the project would involve the construction of a new pavilion at Eastern Reserve including change rooms, public amenities, office, storage shelter and first aid/trainer room.

“The pavilion will feature a spectator/social space with bi-folding walls between all rooms and an enhanced spectator viewing area,” Ms Henderson said.

“Once complete, the new facilities will help local clubs host larger more competitive competitions including inter-regional carnivals attracting new players and greater sports tourism opportunities to our region.”

Minister Nash said the project will enable the club to host larger tournaments and grow the sport throughout the region.

“The new pavilion will benefit local netball clubs, boost spectator attendance, increase membership and encourage participation in sport,” Minister Nash said.

“This project beat hundreds of others – there were more than 500 applications for infrastructure in this round of the Building Better Regions Fund.

“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing community sporting facilities does just that.”

“After a competitive merit-based selection process, there are always those who were not successful and are naturally disappointed. We know this and we’ve got dedicated staff in the Department of Industry to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for next time. They can be contacted on bbrffeedback@industry.gov.au .”

Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year.

The project is being jointly funded with the Coalition Government contributing $200,000 under the BBRF, Surf Coast Shire Council contributing $259,000, Winchelsea Football Netball Club Inc contributing $25,000 and Eastern Reserve Committee of Management contributing $25,000.

More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: www.business.gov.au/bbrf

2 August 2017