Soccer fans in Bannockburn will be kicking goals thanks to funding towards the Bannockburn Sports Precinct redevelopment, announced today by Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty and Minister for Transport and Member for Polwarth Terry Mulder.
Mr Delahunty said the funding was part of the Victorian Coalition Government's Strengthening the World Game Program developed to build better facilities for local sporting communities.
"A key objective of the Coalition Government is to build healthy and active communities, and to achieve this goal, we need high quality community facilities that encourage local people to play the sports they love for many years to come," Mr Delahunty said.
"Our investment in this project is part of our plan to build more sustainable local venues that make a difference to local people.
Mr Mulder said that sporting facilities like the Bannockburn Sports Precinct are important community assets and provide a social hub, particularly in regional areas.
"As well as the health benefits, we are also helping to stimulate the local economy and create jobs throughout the construction phase and beyond," Mr Mulder said.
The project includes development of the first of two full-sized natural turf soccer pitches planned for the Precinct. The pitch will come complete with automated irrigation system; soccer goals; drainage and run off areas; and extended footpath linking to the car park.
In its inaugural season Golden Plains Soccer Club has attracted 40 players 28 of which are junior girls.
Mr Delahunty thanked the Golden Plains Shire Council for its effort to secure the funding on behalf of the Club and community and contributing $363,000 to the project.
"By working together, we've pooled our resources to deliver the sporting facilities that local people need and want," Mr Delahunty said.
For more information about community sporting facility funding programs on offer, please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au