The Budget provides a $110 million boost to the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program, which works with local councils and clubs to fast-track shovel-ready projects.
This investment builds on the $68 million in the first round of the fund, which has supported 27 projects across Victoria including a new sports and community hub at Debneys Park in Flemington, a major multisport development at Clyde Recreation Reserve and the redevelopment of the Knox Regional Netball Centre.
The Budget also includes $27 million to make sure our sports facilities are more accessible to more people.
More than a third of that investment will build more female-friendly facilities – so women and girls don’t have to deal with substandard changerooms and toilets. A further $5 million will improve access at community football and netball clubs, and $3 million will install better lighting and new scoreboards.
Sport in Mildura will receive a major boost with $10 million for the Mildura South Regional Sports Precinct, a project that enjoys widespread support across Sunraysia, delivering a new oval for footy and cricket, courts and clubrooms.
A further $6 million will go to the popular Sporting Club Grants Program, building on the more than $5.9 million already kicked in by the Government for more than 4,300 clubs across the state.
To help more children get back into sport, the Budget funds a Victorian-first program that will give 100,000 kids vouchers to buy uniforms, equipment and memberships their families would otherwise struggle to afford.
The $21 million Get Active Kids Voucher Program will remove barriers to youngsters enjoying all the benefits of participating in sport and recreation.
For more information about the Victorian Budget 2020/21