Thousands injected into sports clubs

LIGHTS will soon be shining brighter at North Bendigo's and Gisborne's football grounds.

Victoria's Minister for Sport Damian Drum MLC continued the funding roll-out at Thursday's announcements at North Bendigo and Serpentine.

The state government has kicked in $100,000 toward a dozen projects aimed at improving facilities through the Country Football Netball Program.

Projects include lighting, change room upgrades, new pavilions or netball courts.

The government's contribution at North Bendigo's ground, aka Superior Roofing Oval in Atkins Street, will go toward a new netball court and lighting for the oval.

“The new lights mean the club can extend training times well into the night and players can get more use of the courts and ovals, which is great news for the growing numbers wanting to get involved in football and netball," Mr Drum said.

The City of Greater Bendigo has kicked in more than $126,000 for the North Bendigo project and the club will contribute more than $25,000.

New change rooms for the football and netball teams will be built at Serpentine's Janiember Reserve.

The cash injection for the Bears includes $415,000 from Loddon Shire Council, $50,000 from Serpentine Recreation Reserve Committee of Management and Bears Lagoon-Serpentine FNC, and $20,000 from the Victorian Floods Appeal.

Money is also being put toward projects in the Macedon Ranges.

A new pavilion at Riddells Creek Football Oval, and lights for the oval and a reconstructed netball court at Gisborne's Gardiner Reserve are on the way.

Mr Drum teamed with Member for Northern Victoria Amanda Miller at both venues to announce the funding.

Clubs to benefit will be Riddell Football Netball Club, Riddells Creek Junior Football Club, Riddell Cricket Club, Riddells Creek Netball Association and the Gisborne Football Netball Club, Gisborne Rookies Junior Football Club, Gisborne Masters Football Club and the Gisborne Cricket Club.

 Mr Drum said $90,000 would go towards a new pavilion at Riddells Creek Football Oval, featuring male and female change rooms, umpire facilities, first aid room and expansion of the ktchen.

“With more and more families moving into the Gisborne area these new facilities will be a welcome boost."

Macedon Ranges Shire Council secured the funding for both projects and will contributed $179,000 towards the Gisborne Reserve project.

 “I’d also like to acknowledge the Riddell Football Netball Club for its combined cash and in-kind contribution of $45,000 towards its project and the Gisborne Football Netball Club for kicking in $70,000 for the project at Gardiner Reserve,” Mr Drum said.

 “The Victorian Government is committed to a more active Victoria, that’s why investments like these are so important."


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