The Macedon ‘Cats’ Football Netball Club can look forward to a brighter future and grow its ranks with the Andrews Labor Government set to upgrade lighting at Tony Clarke Reserve.
Minister for Sport John Eren and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas joined local Cats players and volunteers today to announce $100,000 to install new lighting on the netball and tennis courts and brighter lights for the football oval.
It means local footy, netball and tennis players can train more often and safely, later into the evening.
The project will also open the door to play netball and tennis games under lights, and host other club and community events at the precinct at night.
The upgrade will bring the lighting on the oval up to AFL standard for night matches.
Grassroots football and netball competitions are booming and projects like this one will give more people the opportunity to join their local club and play the sport they love.
The Macedon Tennis Club will also benefit from the upgrade as a tenant of the courts.
The works are funded through the Labor Government’s Country Football and Netball Program, which is helping local clubs in regional Victoria update tired grounds and build the facilities they need.
The program has an additional $1 million from partners the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren
“We’re giving the mighty Macedon Cats the room to grow and get more locals on the court and oval when they want, day or night.”
“Footy and netball clubs are the heart and soul of regional communities – that’s why we’re supporting local clubs and building the facilities they deserve.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
“How great is this, we’re installing new lighting for the Macedon football and netball club which means more footy, more netball, more of the time.”
"This investment is well overdue – it’s not only an investment in the future of the club, but also for the community who use it."
Reviewed 19 August 2020