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$80,000 boost gets Ballarat switched on to twilight soccer

Friday, 03 October 2014

The Ballarat North United Soccer Club can look forward to playing more soccer, following news of an $80,000 Victorian Coalition Government contribution towards new competition standard lighting at Russell Square South Oval.

Premier Denis Napthine was today joined by Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum, Liberal candidate for Wendouree Craig Coltman and Ballarat City Council Mayor, Cr John Philips at the ground to announce the funding from the Community Facility Funding Program – Soccer Facilities category.

"Sport and recreation facilities are important community assets that provide a social hub, particularly in growing regional cities like Ballarat," Dr Napthine said.

"Through the Community Facility Funding Program we're building more sustainable, quality sports infrastructure that caters for growth and encourages even more people to get active, which is a major goal of the Coalition Government," Dr Napthine said.

Mr Drum said the $80,000 funding boost will allow tenant clubs to train at their home facilities rather than travel to training at alternate venues in order to access appropriate lighting.

"The lighting upgrade supports increased participation all year round with additional benefits to sports such as touch football, cricket and AFL," Mr Drum said.

Mr Coltman acknowledged funding partner Ballarat City Council for securing the funding and thanked them for their $120,000 contribution towards the project.

"This is another example of the state, local governments and sports working together with communities to build a healthier, more active Victoria," Mr Coltman said.

"Since December 2010 the Coalition Government has invested over $85 million across a range of programs in more than 630 community sports facility projects like these, resulting in over $437 million of new local sporting infrastructure for Victorians," Dr Napthine said.

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