Bannockburn’s two senior football teams and 10 junior teams will benefit from a $500,000 lighting upgrade at Victoria Park Recreation Reserve delivered by the Morrison Government.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson joined players from the Bannockburn Football and Netball Club to officially ‘switch on’ the light towers on Anzac Day. Eight light towers in total, on two ovals, have been funded. This also has the potential to benefit other sports such as local cricket.

“Local sporting clubs are the lifeblood of our growing community and now our local athletes, coaches and volunteers can enjoy longer hours of winter sport and training with these brand new high quality lights in place,” Ms Henderson said.

“This $500,000 project is part of a $100 million commitment under the Community Sport Infrastructure program to boost health and improve social and community benefits from greater activity and participation in sport.

“I congratulate President Scott Penning, local volunteers and the Golden Plains Shire for lobbying and successfully applying for this funding,” Ms Henderson said.

The new lights will also reduce scheduling issues, increase safety for players at night and improve the condition of the playing surface.