Record funding for grassroots sports

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will help Gippsland community sports clubs thrive by investing in better facilities and supporting the growth in women’s and junior sport.

Shadow Minister for Sport and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said grassroots sports clubs across Gippsland have been left behind by Daniel Andrews. Local clubs are struggling to cater for growing demand, including more participation by women and girls, and desperately need more funding to build better facilities.

“Grassroots sports clubs are the focal point of many of our Gippsland communities and we want to support them to thrive,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We have a lot of wonderful clubs in Gippsland, but many are outdated or not equipped to support the growing needs of the community, particularly the growing rate of females in sport.

“Local football clubs like Nyora and Woodside are struggling with poor facilities – in Woodside the change rooms are small and separated from the social club only by a temporary divider.  They do not cater for female players and do not meet today’s standards.

“It’s about time that our local sporting clubs – rather than just the AFL – got some support from the state government,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Nationals in government will provide our community sports clubs with the backing they need to get back in control and build the facilities they need to support local population growth.”

The centrepiece of this record investment in suburban and country sports is the $89 million Grassroots Sport Fund, to fix and upgrade local sports facilities.

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will also:

  • Help clubs in growth areas get back in control and build better sports facilities with a new $30 million Sports Infrastructure for Growing Communities Fund
  • Ensure women and girls have the facilities they need to get involved through the $20 million Women in Sport Facilities Fund
  • Open up schools and other state government owned land for community sport use through a $39 million Sports Ground Investment Package
  • Boost investment in country football and netball and expand funding to include local cricket clubs, with a $15 million injection to the Country Football, Netball and Cricket Fund
  • Invest $2 million over two years for the Shooting Sports Facilities Fund, which Daniel Andrews and Labor MPs cut in the 2018/19 State Budget

“Victorians will have a clear choice at this election.  They can choose Labor which throws buckets of money at rich elite sports like the AFL, or they can choose The Nationals who will help local sport clubs get back in control of the huge demand on their facilities.”

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says clubs like Woodside and Nyora Football Netball Clubs are the type that would qualify for upgrades under The Nationals’ Grassroots Sport Revival Fund.

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