Getting It Done For Anakie Football Netball Club

09 February 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is getting it done for Anakie footballers and netballers by building a safe, modern pavilion they can be proud of.

Minister for Sport and Member for Lara John Eren today announced a $100,000 Country Football Netball Program grant to give the 272 Anakie Football Netball Club players the comfortable clubrooms they deserve.

The Country Football Netball Program is helping clubs all over regional Victoria build the facilities they need, install lights or complete ground or court resurfacing.

Labor launched the program in 2005, because everyone deserves equal facilities. Since then, more than $22 million has been spent delivering 435 projects.

The Anakie pavilion will come complete with dedicated home and away team change rooms and showers, so that opposing players will no longer have to share a shower block, and netballers will have a home base of their own.

Umpires’ change rooms, a first aid room, massage areas and toilets are also planned.

Regional Victoria is home to some of our biggest football and netball clubs – and our most decorated stars. Household names like Tony Lockett, Joel Selwood, Sharelle McMahon and Madi Robinson all learnt their trades in the regions.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 includes an $8 million boost to the Country Football Netball Program. We’re also investing $22 million towards a Better Indoor Stadiums Fund, to build the venues where more than 450,000 Victorians play sports like basketball or netball each week.

The Anakie pavilion is being funded in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“The Anakie Football Netball Club is a thriving local institution, and its players deserve the best facilities. That’s exactly what we’re delivering.”

“Players from opposing sides currently have to share a shower block, while netballers’ facilities are virtually non-existent. We’re changing that.”

“The best facilities inspire more players to turn to grassroots sport, and that means healthier communities and a stronger city.”

Reviewed 26 June 2020

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