Funding boost put sports projects on track

Issued Thursday 2 March 2017

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Celebrating the announcement of funding for an irrigation and drainage system upgrade at Strathaird Reserve are (from left); City of Casey Strategic Director City Planning and Infrastructure Peter Fitchett, Cricket Victoria Public Policy and Government Relations Manager Brett Wood, Narre South Cricket Club President Nathan Tracy, Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley MP, Narre South Cricket Club player David Grech and Narre South Cricket Club player Josh Deumer.  

Five sports facilities across Casey are set for upgrades thanks to $1m in funding from the State Government.

The City of Casey has been successful in its applications for funding towards the following five projects through the 2017/18 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund:

Casey Indoor Leisure Centre - Regional Gymnastics and Indoor Sports Area Redevelopment

  • Project cost: $2.79m (Council contribution $2.14m, Victorian Government $650,000).
  • Redevelopment of existing indoor sports area at CILC to create a regional gymnastics centre and indoor sports courts for cricket and soccer.

Strathaird Reserve Irrigation and Drainage System Upgrade

  • Project cost: $180,000 (Council contribution $80,000, Victorian Government $100,000)
  • Upgraded drainage and new irrigation on oval one to deliver a district level AFL/cricket recreation reserve. Funding for this project was through a partnership between the Victorian Government, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia.

Kalora Park Reserve Floodlighting Upgrade

  • Project cost: $182,043 (Council contribution $82,043, Victorian Government $100,000).
  • Replacement of the existing out-dated floodlights with a new floodlighting system that meets the Australian Standards for football training at night.

Sweeney Reserve AFL/Cricket Female Friendly Facilities Pavilion Upgrade

  • Project cost: $770,000 (Council contribution $670,000, Victorian Government $100,000).
  • Upgrade of the pavilion to include female friendly amenities in the change rooms and social room, as well as the creation of a first aid room.

Betula Reserve Soccer Pitch Drainage Upgrade

  • Project cost: $85,000 (Council contribution $34,000, Victorian Government $51,000).
  • Drainage upgrade to soccer pitches to meet the LFDP Facility Development Standards for soccer.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz welcomed the contribution from the State Government to allow Council to get on with delivering these improvements.

“Providing our local sporting clubs with quality facilities and delivering the improvements they need is one way we’re supporting participation in sport across Casey.

“These projects will deliver many benefits from allowing Narre Warren cricket and junior football clubs to introduce programs and teams for girls and women and making way for 1,500 new gymnastics participants to giving a number of local soccer, cricket and AFL clubs improved surfaces to use all year round.

“As our population grows, we hope the State Government will continue to invest in new and existing infrastructure in Casey to keep up with the increased demand,” Cr Aziz concluded.