The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest over $332 million to improve sports and recreation.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will invest $332.8 million to improve sports and recreation facilities – from grassroots to elite – and create more opportunities for Victorians to participate in sport and recreation activities they love.
The centrepiece investment is a $271.55 million boost to complete the third stage of the Melbourne Park redevelopment to create a world class precinct for generations of future tennis stars. It will also guarantee that the Australian Open stays in Melbourne until at least 2036.
A further $20.1 million has been allocated towards community sport and recreation infrastructure, to meet the growing facility needs of our communities across Victoria. This investment includes a $10 million supplementation to the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. An additional $4 million is allocated to expand the existing $10 million Female Friendly Facilities Program, to build and upgrade women’s change rooms and facilities.
To further improve gender equality in sport, both on and off the field, over $6.2 million has been committed to implement the nine recommendations from the ‘Game Plan Inquiry’ into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation and deliver further ‘Change Our Game’ initiatives to increase participation and enhance leadership opportunities.
Other key projects funded include:
$10 million for the Victorian Home of Golf and National High Performance Centre will provide a state-of-the-art training, treatment and rehabilitation facility for elite golfers
$9.6 million for the State Sport Centres Trust to help the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, State Netball and Hockey Centre, and Lakeside Stadium provide improved services to encourage more people to get active and healthy
$6 million towards new sport and recreation infrastructure in parks managed by Parks Victoria, including new netball courts in Yarra Bend Park
$3.9 million to start planning and design in for the Stage 5 redevelopment of Kardinia Park in Geelong
$1 million will be invested to commence initial planning towards the redevelopment of the State Netball and Hockey Centre, to transform this facility into a centre for women’s sporting excellence.
$1.9 million to develop new safety standards for all public swimming pools with Life Saving Victoria and WorkSafe Victoria
$1 million to the Significant Sporting Events Program to meet current demand and support events, including the 2017 Oates Vic Open golf championship
$1 million to supplement the Shooting Sports Facilities Program