August 29, 2016


The Smythesdale Bulldogs Football and Netball Club and local BMXers are just some of the local Woady Yaloak groups celebrating the completion of the revamped female change facilities and upgrades to the BMX track at the popular Smythesdale Recreation Reserve.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today opened the new facilities made possible by a $103,000 facilities funding package from the Andrews Labor Government.

Women and girls are joining grassroots sports in record numbers. The new multi-purpose female change rooms ensure even more locals get their chance to enjoy grassroots sport and represent the Bulldogs.

The new toilets and showers, home and away change rooms, viewing area and kitchenette give the community even more reason to come together for a range of events from meetings to premiership celebrations.

The BMX track upgrades also opens up the bike park to even more riders from beginner to champion.

The upgrade includes a starting ramp, berms, stutter and multi-level jumps along with landscaping provided to physically integrate the various track components through the use of pathways and zoned pedestrian areas.

The new track gives local BMXers the perfect base to train, improve skills and stage local competition races.

The projects were funded in partnership with the Golden Plains Shire Council.

The Labor Government’s 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes a $60 million boost to build new and upgrade sporting facilities across the state and keep our reputation as the nation’s sporting capital.

This includes a further $8 million over four years to continue the popular Country Football and Netball Program, as well as $22 million for a new initiative to build and upgrade indoor sports stadiums.

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“New female change rooms give growing local clubs like the Bulldogs the space they need to encourage even more people to connect through sport.”

 “Communities deserve safe, modern facilities for sport and recreation. Labor promised them, and now we’re delivering them.”

“Whether it’s BMX tracks or new change rooms, we are committed to giving all Victorians access to the sporting facilities they deserve.”