August 8, 2017  |  Members Statements

Buninyong electorate sporting facilities

Mr HOWARD (Buninyong) — Last month I joined the mayor of Ballarat, players from the Redan junior football netball club and others to celebrate the improved playing surface thanks to the new drainage and irrigation at Ballarat’s popular Western Oval. At the event many attendees reflected on the days of playing knee-deep in mud. It is very pleasing to see that those days are over, with the new weatherproof developments enabling competition at the ground all year round.

The Andrews Labor government delivered $50 000 towards the project, which also received $110 000 from Ballarat City Council. This builds on the investment we have been making across the region, including $100 000 for new change rooms at the Mount Clear Recreation Reserve and a further $500 000 to refurbish the original pavilion to make the change rooms female friendly and to upgrade oval two. This will benefit Mount Clear Junior Football Netball Club and Mount Clear Cricket Club. With growing numbers of juniors, women and girls signing up to play grassroots sport it is important that people have access to good facilities that will encourage them to get involved and stay active.

I visited the Elaine Recreation Reserve to celebrate the completion of a new footpath, which was funded by the Andrews government and will link the school bus stop, the shops and the reserve. While there I congratulated the new Elaine Cricket Club president, Julie Pantzidis, and the president of the Elaine Tennis Club, Jane Farhall.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — The time for making statements has now ended.