Funding to light up Kingston sport!

Local sports grounds are set for a big boost thanks to $2.5 million funding from the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

State Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today announced the Lighting up Kingston Active project is one of 27 to benefit from a share in more than $68 million from the stimulus program.

The investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting vital projects across the state.

The project will provide improved lighting at 10 sports grounds in the City of Kingston, including 100 Lux lights at Bricker Reserve and Highett Reserve.

This investment is about helping grassroots sports communities get back in the game when the time is right.

From sports field lighting upgrades at multiple sites to new indoor sports courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.

By working with local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting clubs and organisations, the program is fast-tracking shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria and is expected to create almost $140 million in local economic activity.

This includes jobs in construction and supply chains with benefits for local businesses through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First requirements which will be built into contracts.

The program is part of the more than $915 million in Victorian Government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Nick Staikos MP, Member for Bentleigh

“I know how important good lighting is to sports clubs. That’s why we are providing new lights at Bricker Reserve and Highett Reserve.”

“This follows funding we have already provided for new lights at McKinnon Reserve, Bentleigh Reserve, Centenary Park, Bailey Reserve and Coatesville Tennis Club.”

“We’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians by giving communities the facilities they need.”

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