The 2019-20 Victorian Budget includes a range of new funded initiatives set to benefit the Sport and Recreation sector.
$175 million in Local Sports Grants for new and improved community sports infrastructure.
$101 million to secure Victoria’s position as the basketball capital of Australia, which will see the redevelopment of the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South, a major upgrade at Melbourne Arena and the establishment of seven high performance hubs in metropolitan and regional locations.
$11.8 million for further improvements at Mars Stadium and the Ballarat Sport and Events Centre,
$1 million will be provided towards designs for the Western Bulldogs’ Whitten Oval master plan.
$2.3 million for planning Stage five of Kardinia Park’s redevelopment
$21.6 million to upgrade community soccer facilities to meet increasing demand across Victoria
$13.5 million to develop up to six new cricket and community centres and continue the Cricket Facilities grants program
$7.5 million to support golf around Victoria, including stage two of the home of golf - the Australian Golf Centre - at Sandringham
$7.4 million to improve infrastructure and boost participation and diversity in community motor sport
$2.8 million for Netball Victoria to employ four regional game development officers
$8 million for the shooting facilities program.
These initiatives are in addition to Sport and Recreation Victoria's core funding which invests in sport and recreation infrastructure, projects, initiatives, events and activities across the sport and recreation sector.
The Victorian Budget also commits $260 million to creating more parkland and improving camp sites and outdoor facilities, encouraging Victorians to get out there and get active.
$154 million to create more than 6,500 hectares of parkland, with new walking and bike trails right across Melbourne, providing a place for local families to relax and switch off.
$106 million to build new campsites, upgrade outdoor facilities and reduce camping fees, making a camping trip more affordable for families.