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Sports grants up for grabs

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May 19, 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is providing growing footy and netball clubs in Northern Victoria another chance to secure funding to upgrade grounds, courts and pavillions, with applications now open for the next round of the ‘‘Country Football and Netball Program’’.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said Northern Victoria clubs had been successful in recent rounds and she expected clubs and councils to partner together and apply for the new round of funding.

Ms Symes said the Labor Government was getting on with giving all Victorians — no matter where they live — better access to the modern, safe and inclusive sport facilities they deserve.

‘‘The funding could replace or upgrade ageing grounds and facilities for football and netball clubs, so they can meet growing demand,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘Grants of up to $100000 will go to projects, such as ground resurfacing, new lighting, building more modern and safer netball courts and new pavillions with female-friendly change rooms.’’

Labor launched the program in 2005, which has since delivered $23 million to more than 460 projects.

Ms Symes said better sport and recreation facilities made it easier for all players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport, while encouraging everyone to join in the fun and lead healthy and active lifestyles.

‘‘That is why we topped up the program with an extra $8 million funding boost, an additional $1million has also been provided by program partners the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria,’’ she said.

‘‘Football and netball clubs are the heart and soul of our country towns and Labor is giving them the facilities they need to grow and attract more members than ever before.

‘‘Country Victoria is home to some of our top football and netball leagues, and these clubs have bred some of our nations greatest champions.

‘‘I urge clubs in my electorate of Northern Victoria to speak to their local councils about applying for this funding.’’

Applications for the Country Football and Netball Program are now open and close on Wednesday, July 26.

●For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

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