Epsom’s passionate soccer, netball and tennis players can now train and play into the evening, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve will light up tonight thanks to a $60,000 investment from the Labor Government’s The World Game Facilities Fund and $60,000 from its 2018 Strategic Community Sports Fund.
The reserve is home to the Epsom Football Club, Bendigo City Football Club, Bendigo Northern Flames Netball Club and the Epsom Tennis Club.
All clubs have enjoyed significant growth recently, however a lack of lighting has significantly restricted training for both clubs and put facilities under pressure and created a safety risk due to inadequate lighting.
The Government has listened and responded, delivering 100 lux lighting on the fourth soccer pitch, enabling the club to grow and use the reserve to its capacity.
The new lighting will reduce the wear and tear on surrounding pitches and allow the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League to establish additional coaching and development programs at the reserve.
This project is one of 25 World Game Facilities Fund initiatives currently being implemented across the state, sharing in more than $5 million dollars of investment.
The World Game Facilities Fund is helping local football clubs upgrade existing facilities or build new ones across Victoria.
The netball courts have also been lit to competition standard, enabling evening training and competition.
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 also acknowledged Greater Bendigo City Council for its contribution to these lighting projects.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“We’re proud to play our part in supporting these new facilities to ensure local clubs like these are able to cater for their players well into the future.”
“I’m sure the clubs will embrace this new lighting, welcome more players, and take their games to the next level.”
“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get involved in local sport and recreation and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”