Football and cricket at Heatherdale Recreation Reserve in Mitcham in Melbourne's East is set for a brighter future thanks to a Victorian Coalition Government funding boost of $45,760 to upgrade the flood lighting at the oval. The funding will be used to replace the existing lighting on two towers with lighting that meets Australian standards.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty along with the Member for Mitcham Dee Ryall visited the Heatherdale Recreation Reserve today to announce the funding from the 2012/13 Community Facility Funding Program. This funding is in addition to the $50,000 already pledged by the Coalition during the 2010 election campaign.
"Sport and recreation plays a vital role in Victorian communities, especially here in Mitcham," Mr Delahunty said.
"The investment in new lights will enable local sports clubs such as the Heathmont Jets Junior Football Club, the St Johns Mitcham Football Club and the Heatherdale Cricket Club to train and play under quality lighting, develop their skills and boost memberships and local participation in community sport.
"The current lighting system only allows for certain areas to be lit at any one time, thereby creating patches of wear and tear to the playing surface that makes these areas unplayable. The new lighting will fix this problem, allowing the whole oval to be used for training and play after dark.
"The Victorian Coalition Government is proud to invest in sports facilities like these because they encourage more people to join in the fun and be more active, more often and enjoy the health benefits of playing sport," Mr Delahunty said.
Member for Mitcham Dee Ryall thanked the Whitehorse City Council for their contribution towards the project.
"Supporting this project is part of the Victorian Coalition Government's overall commitment to work with local councils, clubs and communities to invest in quality local facilities that bring more people together through sport," Ms Ryall said.
"By investing in projects such as this upgrade to the Heatherdale Recreation Reserve we are providing local clubs with better sport and recreation facilities and giving more people in the Mitcham community the opportunity to become involved and reach their full potential as players, coaches and umpires."