Big Boost For Grassroots Sport In Geelong And Surf Coast

13 April 2018

In a big win for the community, local clubs across Geelong and the Surf Coast will share in the biggest investment in women’s and grassroots sport in Victoria’s history thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Sport John Eren, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens at Surf Coast Secondary College today, which will be home to a new four court indoor basketball stadium thanks to a $3 million upgrade.

The centre is a busy sports hub for locals playing basketball, netball, soccer and badminton across the region – but growing demand is putting pressure on clubs and the facility.

The revamp is part of a $13.5 million project to deliver three new courts and a multi-purpose space to the existing Surf Coast Secondary College Indoor Stadium, which will boost access for the whole community.

The Labor Government is investing in community sport across the Geelong and Surf Coast region including:

  • $1.17 million to upgrade the main pavilion, change rooms, oval amenities and netball amenities for the St Mary's Football and Netball Club
  • $860,000 for upgrades to facilities and courts at Ocean Grove Tennis Club
  • $564,000 for South Barwon Football and Netball Club to upgrade change rooms and spectator facilities

The Labor Government has also previously announced $100,000 to develop the third soccer pitch at the Torquay North Civic and Community Precinct.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $241.6 million in community sport, including more than $100 million to improve facilities and access for women.

The landmark package will also bring more footy to Geelong, securing at least 8 matches at Kardinia Park for the next 30 years.

Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“I know the great people of Geelong and the Surf Coast love their sport – so whether you’re a fan, a player or both – this package of support will give local clubs and players the facilities they need to grow and prosper.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“We’re delivering the biggest investment in community sport in Victoria’s history – upgrading local grounds, change rooms and pavilions so everyone has the facilities they need to play and watch the sport they love.”

Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney

“Torquay is a thriving community and it’s a leader when it comes to sport – this investment will give Torquay the facilities we need to make sure it stays that way.”

Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“This funding recognises the vital role local clubs play in their community. It will enable these sports clubs to grow and continue their important, positive work in Geelong.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“This significant grant for Ocean Grove Tennis Club will ensure the club continues to grow and prosper, which means more tennis for more people.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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