More people in the Upper Murray District will be getting more active, more often, following today's news of a $230,000 Victorian Coalition Government funding announcement to replace the run-down pavilion at Cudgewa Recreation Reserve with a new multipurpose sports pavilion.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said the funding was part of a Coalition Government facility funding package and thanked Towong Shire Council, Cudgewa Football Netball Club and Bendigo Bank for their combined investment of more than $214,000.
"A key objective of the Coalition Government is to build healthy and active communities," Mr Delahunty said.
"To achieve this goal, we need quality community facilities that encourage local people to play the sports they love for many years to come.
"Our investment in this project is part of our plan to build more sustainable local venues that make a difference to local people.
"Sporting facilities 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," Mr Delahunty said.
Once completed the new pavilion will feature more accessible facilities, including female change rooms, public toilets, and disability access to all amenities ensuring even more people within the community can enjoy the facilities at the recreation reserve.
Mr Delahunty said the Coalition Government was focussed on building sporting facilities for local people across the state, while also delivering important outcomes for the Victorian community.
"I'm proud to say the Coalition Government's funding package is made up of $100,000 from the Community Facility Funding Program and a further $130,000 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund's Putting Locals First Program.
"This investment is just one of the ways we are delivering on the Coalition Government's strategy to grow the economy, build infrastructure and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the State," Mr Delahunty said.
For more information about community sporting facility funding or Regional Growth Fund programs on offer, please visit www.dpcd.vic.gov.au