Visiting Gardiner Reserve, Gisborne, the Minister for Sport, John Eren was joined by Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas to announce the funding boost at the official launch of the new multipurpose cricket training facility – also made possible by a $100,000 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant.
New Community Sports Infrastructure Fund Macedon Ranges projects include:
- $100,000 to upgrade two courts at the Gisborne Tennis Club to synthetic clay and install court lighting
- $100,000 to upgrade the ageing change rooms at Gardiner Reserve for the growing numbers of women and girls signing up to play for Gisborne footy, netball, and cricket clubs
- $100,000 for new pitch lighting at the home of Kyneton District Rangers Soccer Club, Barkly Square
- $100,000 to replace the practice nets at Malmsbury Cricket Ground, with upgrades to the building façade and installation of a safety fence around the perimeter of the oval also included.
Every player deserves equal access to equal facilities – and these grants will benefit everyone in the Macedon District, opening doors for locals to participate and take their game to the next level, especially women and girls.
Inspired by their WBBL, AFLW and W-League, Super League Netball heroes, women and girls are joining grassroots clubs like Kyneton District Soccer Club and Gisborne Football Netball Club in record numbers.
“Clubs like the these are part of the social fabric of Macedon Ranges and are great places for the whole community, young and old to come together and play the sports they love," said Minister Eren.
"That's why we’re getting on with making a difference, with Gardiner Reserve one of more than 100 projects to receive funding from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund $14 million Female Friendly Facility fund."
The $120 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is upgrading grassroots clubs so communities like those in the Macedon District can cater for growing demand and build the facilities they deserve.