Elmore’s passionate footballers and netballers are set for a brighter future thanks to the installation of competition standard lighting at the popular sporting hub at Elmore Recreation Reserve thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today launched the new lighting system at the home of the Elmore “Bloods” Football and Netball Club, made possible with a $100,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Country Football and Netball Program.
The reserve is home to the “Bloods”, but a lack of adequate lighting has inhibited the club’s membership growth, particularly during winter months.
The Government has listened and delivered 200 new lux lights to enhance the oval, which opens up the whole ground for more training, events and evening competition.
This enhanced facility will accommodate a growing membership for the Elmore Football and Netball Club, with a surge in female participation.
It’s a funding partnership with AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live.
Labor launched the Country Football and Netball Program in 2005, and since then it has invested more than $26.6 million to more than 480 projects across the state.
It’s part of the Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.
Across Victoria, the government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.
The Government acknowledged Greater Bendigo City Council and Elmore Football Netball Club for its commitment and investment in the project.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“Local clubs like the Bloods are the breeding ground for our next generation of sporting champions and they deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.”
“This is all about giving back to the community – delivering more facilities for our Victorian football and netball teams like the Bloods so they can encourage more locals to get involved in grassroots sport.”
“We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or what gender they are.”