Bentleigh and St Paul’s footy clubs to kick goals under better lights

Bentleigh Football Netball Club, St Paul’s Football Netball Club and St Paul’s Junior Football Club will share in the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in Victoria’s history thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

$300,000 will be invested to upgrade lighting at Bentleigh Recreation Reserve and McKinnon Reserve to enable greater usage of the grounds later in the day and throughout the year.

The funding will be provided through a $60 million Community Sports Fund announced by the Labor Government as part of a $241.7 million boost for women’s and community sport in the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

The investment includes well over $100 million to improve facilities for women’s sport including:

  • $13 million for Stage Two of Moorabbin Reserve, including facilities for the Saints’ AFLW team, another indoor court, spectator seating and a hydrotherapy pool
  • a $64.6 million redevelopment of the State Hockey and Netball Centre
  • a $15 million boost for the Female Friendly Facilities Fund

The Victorian Budget will also provide $15.4 million for upgrades at Albert Park, Yarra Bend and other key suburban sporting precincts, and $5 million for Community Sports Infrastructure Loans that will unlock up to $100 million for local clubs to upgrade their facilities.

The Labor Government has also signed a landmark deal with the AFL that will deliver major redevelopments of the MCG and Etihad Stadium Precinct, and guarantee the AFL Grand Final will be played in Victoria for the next 40 years.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos MP

“With more women and girls taking up footy, our grounds are busier than ever before. The lighting upgrade will mean that games can be scheduled later in the day, which is great news for Bentleigh’s women’s team and the 95 girls who play for St Paul’s.”

“Sporting clubs are the cornerstone of local communities – that’s why we’re backing them with this record investment.”

“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.”

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