April 26, 2018

LINTON TO SHARE IN RECORD COMMUNITY SPORT INVESTMENT

Sports clubs and users of the Linton Oval will share in the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in Victoria’s history announced today by Buninyong MP Geoff Howard.

Mr Howard said the community will receive $255,000 to upgrade lighting at the oval which will allow sports teams such as Carngham-Linton Football Netball Club and Linton Cricket Club to use the ground for training and other sporting events at night.

The upgrade of lighting at the oval was identified by Golden Plans Shire as a priority to increase participation in sport and bring the Linton ground up to the AFL Victoria minimum guidelines for training and night matches.

Mr Howard said the upgrade will give Linton sporting groups the facilities they need to train, compete and attract more members.

“This vital funding will help Linton’s mighty sport teams compete and grow. It’s a win for local football, netball and cricket and for our community,” Mr Howard said.

“Clubs like Carngham-Linton Football Netball Club are the cornerstone of local communities and that’s why we’re backing them with this record investment,” he said.

“We’re upgrading local grounds, change rooms and pavilions right across Victoria so everyone has the facilities they need to play and watch the sport they love,” Mr Howard said.

Carngham-Linton Football Club President, Sam Richardson, said the lighting upgrade will help improve training access for local sports men and women.

“New lighting at the oval will make a huge difference for training especially in winter,” Mr Richardson said.

“We do currently have some training lights at the oval, but an upgrade will really help us train at night and perhaps even run some night games in the future,” he said.

The funding will be provided through $60 million in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 for community sporting grants as part of a $241.6 million boost for women’s and community sport.

The investment will also include a $15 million boost for the Female Friendly Facilities Fund to ensure women have the sporting facilities they deserve and need.