Getting It Done For The Whittlesea Eagles

11 May 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is getting it done for the Whittlesea Football Netball Club, by building new lights at AF Walker Recreation Reserve.

Minister for Sport John Eren joined Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green in the Eagles’ hometown of Whittlesea today, where the Labor Government is providing $100,000 for new lighting at AF Walker Recreation Reserve.

We’re listening to local clubs like Whittlesea, who say they need better lighting so that they can stage more training sessions for the growing number of players turning to grassroots sport.

The Labor Government’s Country Football Netball Program is helping clubs all over regional Victoria and the outer suburbs 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.

Melbourne’s outer north is home to some of our biggest football and netball clubs – and top flight football and netball players, past and present. Tony Shaw, Blake Caracella, and Kate Maloney all learnt their trade in the north.

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 AF Walker Reserve lighting project is being delivered in partnership with the Whittlesea City Council.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren

“We’re listening to local clubs, who say they need better lighting to stage more training sessions longer into the night. It’s how they attract more members and grow.”

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

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green

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

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