Moorabbin Reserve Stage One nearing completion
The Saints’ home ground has become the new home of community football in Melbourne’s south-east.
Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today inspected the second phase of work at Moorabbin Reserve, made possible thanks to $12 million funding from the Victorian Government.
The first phase of work was completed in March this year and saw St Kilda return to its spiritual home ground. The second phase, which is due for completion in the coming weeks, has seen the development of community football facilities at the reserve, including administration, training, female changerooms, public facilities and community event areas.
These facilities will be the new headquarters of the Southern Football Netball League, South Metro Junior Football League and the Sandringham Dragons, who will be able to train and play there, with the potential for local finals to be played on the oval.
It’s a win-win for St Kilda and the local community. The Saints will have an opportunity to grow their support, while the local leagues will have the opportunity to work alongside an elite sporting organisation, learning skills and having access to elite facilities to help develop the next generation of champions.
Design of the next stage of development is now underway thanks to $13 million from the Andrews Government, creating a centre of excellence for women’s football.
This will see the development of AFLW players and administration facilities, and facilities for the community, including a hydrotherapy pool, multi-purpose pool, and a spectator grandstand.
The funding is part of the Andrews Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation, and to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active.
Across Victoria we’ve invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport and active recreation at all levels, including more than $100 million to improve facilities and access for women and girls.
Mr Staikos acknowledged Kingston City Council, the AFL, St Kilda Football Club, and other partners for their commitment and financial contribution to the project.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos
“Growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women are signing up to play footy in the south-east, however many clubs and leagues are struggling with inadequate facilities.
“These great new community facilities at Moorabbin will provide more opportunities for locals to get active and play the sport they love.”
“St Kilda Football Club is an important part of the community in the south-east of Melbourne and this development will strengthen its ties to the community and expand programs it can run with local councils.”