I am delighted to announce today that the Morrison Liberal Government will invest $370,000 to upgrade lighting at the Barwon Heads Football Netball Club’s RT Fuller Oval and netball courts.
Barwon Heads FNC will use the federal grant to fully fund the installation of new lighting, including LED globes, at its home ground.
I congratulate the club and look forward to seeing the benefits the lights will bring to the Barwon Heads sporting community.
The investment is part of the government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program that is delivering $28 million for 223 projects across Australia which will help drive increased participation in sports and physical activity.
Our government has prioritised investment in local grassroots sports because we recognise the wider health, social and community benefits that come from greater activity and participating in sport.
Geelong Cement Bowls Club also received $14,000 for new solar panels and Friends of Elcho Park Equestrian Centre received $55,000 for upgrades to its horse yards at Lara.
It is a key priority of our government to promote the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport and our investment to upgrade facilities and infrastructure will provide a real encouragement for those local residents not currently active.
The investment in local sporting facilities will go towards upgrades that improve the amenity and functionality like new toilets, upgraded lighting and installing irrigation.
The number of applications received nationally – over 2,000 – was far more than anticipated and to meet the obvious interest, the government will allocate an additional $30 million for projects in early 2019 from the existing pool of applications. This presents Corangamite sports clubs with a further funding opportunity.
This demand has demonstrated that sporting and community organisations are crying out for help to upgrade their facilities and because of our government’s responsible economic management and delivering a budget surplus, we are in the position to increase the investment.
19 December 2018