The Knox Regional Netball Centre is set for a transformation, thanks to a $5 million funding boost from the Andrews Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.
Local Member for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor MP, today announced that the project is one of 27 to benefit from a share in more than $68 million from the stimulus program.
This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting vital projects across the state.
The project will include will involve the redevelopment of the overall site and the construction of an additional two new indoor netball courts to Netball Victoria standards, with associated facilities and amenities including toilets, two change rooms and storerooms.
Once complete the project will deliver world-standard facilities that local netballers, of all ages, from right around the east will love for years to come.
The facility will provide a perfect base for many local netball clubs, including Fairpark Netball Club, The Basin Netball Club and Boronia Netball Club, to develop programs, train, host games and events.
This investment is about helping grassroots sports communities get back in the game when the time is right.
From sports field lighting upgrades at multiple sites to new indoor sports courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.
By working with local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting clubs and organisations, the program is fast-tracking shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria and is expected to create almost $140 million in local economic activity.
This includes jobs in construction and supply chains with benefits for local businesses through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First requirements which will be built into contracts.
The program is part of the more than $915 million in Victorian Government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.
Mr. Taylor acknowledged the Knox Council as well as the Federal Government for their commitment and financial contribution to the project.
For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
“This is a fantastic outcome and I’m absolutely stoked to have been able to help secure the $5 million injection of funds to help get this project underway and get it done.”
“This’ll not just create a state-of-the-art facility that will be the pride of the netballing community out our way, but create good, well-paying local jobs in the process.”
“Being able to secure $5 million for this project helps lock this important piece of sporting infrastructure in and ensure its delivered fully.”