Local rugby, soccer, football, netball and cricket in Williamstown and Newport now have some fantastic new sports facilities to call their own at Bayside College Paisley and Williamstown campuses.
Member for Williamstown, Melissa Horne today joined councillors from the Hobsons Bay City Council to officially launch the new facilities, made possible by a $2.3 million investment package from the Victorian Government.
At Bayside College Paisley Campus, the 240 members of the Power House Junior Rugby Union Football Club and Gellibrand Cricket Club can enjoy access to a redeveloped sports oval complete with new synthetic cricket pitch, floodlighting, fencing, and a new female friendly sports pavilion.
The Victorian Government kicked in $1.1 million towards the Paisley Campus facility upgrades from the 2018-19 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Williamstown Cricket Club, Williamstown Junior Football Club, Willi Tigers Netball Club, Williamstown Football Club and Bayside Tennis Club have also scored big with a new sports pavilion, three tennis courts with floodlights, two upgraded netball courts with floodlights and new irrigation on both of the sports grounds at the Williamstown Campus.
The Victorian Government also provided $1.2 million towards the Williamstown Campus upgrades from the 2018-19 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
And it’s not just the clubs that benefit, students at both campuses now have fantastic new sports facilities at their disposal for a range of activities from casual play to school sports.
From playspace upgrades to new sports pavilions, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.
Investments like these are also about creating jobs, stimulating local economies and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.
The Government has invested more than $1.05 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.
Ms Horne acknowledged the Hobsons Bay City Council for its commitment and financial contribution to the projects.
For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Melissa Horne MP
“For too long clubs like Williamstown Cricket Club and Powerhouse Junior Rugby Union Football Club have been hamstrung by outdated facilities- they deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.”
“The new facilities at both Bayside College campuses open up a range of sport opportunities for the local Hobsons Bay community to get back into sport as restrictions ease.”
“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so, and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”