The Victorian Government is helping Melton communities transform sports facilities, build change rooms and recreation infrastructure through a new round of infrastructure funding.
Member for Melton Steve McGhie today announced that applications are now open for the 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund - backed by up to $5 million from the Victorian Budget 2023-24.
The Fund helps communities plan and develop sport and recreation facilities through three funding streams by providing up to $300,000 for Community Facilities, up to $250,000 for Community Sports Lighting, and up to $40,000 for Planning.
All Victorian councils and Alpine Resorts Victoria are eligible to apply for funds towards a range of community sports infrastructure and active recreation developments including court lighting upgrades, skate parks, planning projects and more to benefit local clubs and communities.
Projects in Melton to receive grants from the 2022 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund included MacPherson Park Recreation Reserve Rugby / Gridiron Pavilion towards brand-new sports Female Friendly Facilities at MacPherson Park.
The Victorian Budget 2023-24 is providing more than $213 million to deliver new and improved community sport infrastructure and support initiatives that boost participation and inclusion in local sports clubs and organisations.
This includes continuing this Fund and Country Football and Netball Program.
The Fund is part of the $1.9 billion invested by the government in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.
It also helps generate economic activity and hundreds of jobs for planners, architects, engineers, project managers, buildings, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, maintenance staff, facility managers and operational staff. Sourcing local materials will also enable many more Victorian businesses to thrive.
Interested clubs are advised to contact their local council to help with the application process. For more information or to apply online visit sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Melton Steve McGhie
“Sport and active recreation is the heart and soul of Melton.”
“With more and more women and girls signing up to play in Melton we are getting on with upgrading infrastructure so clubs can keep up with soaring demand, while also making them accessible and more inclusive.”
“I urge councils and sporting organisations to partner and apply for projects that will make a real difference to the lives of Victorians.”