Funding applications now open

March 16, 2018

A series of community profiles that claim the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is just one of a number of factors contributing to socio-economic change has been branded an attempt to ‘‘water down’’ the issue.

The Victorian Government is providing football and netball clubs in northern Victoria with another chance to secure funding to upgrade grounds, courts and pavilions and welcome more members than ever before.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp has urged local governments and clubs in the area to apply for grants of up to $100000.

The government is getting on with giving all Victorians better access to the modern, safe and inclusive sport facilities they deserve, no matter where they live.

Gepp said the program could replace or upgrade ageing grounds and facilities for football and netball clubs so they could meet growing demand.

Grants will go to projects such as ground resurfacing, new lighting, building more modern and safer netball courts and new pavilions with female-friendly change rooms.

Clubs in northern Victoria that benefited from the program in 2017 include Cohuna Football Netball Club ($100000), Merbein Football Netball Club ($100000), Sea Lake and Nandaly Football Netball Club ($80000) and Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club ($70000).

‘‘Footy and netball clubs are the heart and soul of northern Victoria. We’re giving them the facilities they need to grow and attract more members than ever before,’’ Gepp said.

‘‘Regional Victoria is home to some of our top football and netball leagues, and these clubs have bred some our nation’s greatest champions.’’

Labor launched the program in 2005. It has since delivered $26.6million to support more than 480 projects.

Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for all players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport, while encouraging everyone to join in the fun and lead healthy and active lifestyles.

‘‘I urge clubs in northern Victoria to speak to their local councils about applying for this funding,’’ Gepp said.

Applications for the Country Football and Netball Program close on April 12.

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