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Applications open for $27M sports infrastructure fund

The New South Wales Government is set to spent $100 million on building and upgrading sports facilities, as part of its new Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund.

Applications are now open for the Victorian 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, which aims to invest up to $27 million into new and improves sports facilities.

The Victorian Government aims to help provide more female friendly change rooms and to encourage more participation and healthier lifestyles across the state.

The fund supports projects across five dedicated streams: Indoor Stadiums/Aquatic Centres, Female Friendly Facilities, Community Sports Lighting, Community Facilities, and Planning.

The most recent round of the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund provided funding to 73 projects, including $2 million towards the Yarrawonga Multisport Stadium that will deliver two new multi-sport indoor courts and $480,000 for a new female friendly pavilion at Deep Creek Reserve in Doncaster, home of the Doncaster Baseball Club.

“This funding will make a huge difference to our club, and our women’s baseball program in particular,” Doncaster Baseball Club President Craig Hutton said.

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“We can now look forward to a new pavilion at Deep Creek Reserve that includes upgraded facilities and women’s changerooms for the first time.”

These grants are part of $1.1 billion invested by the State Government in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.

Victorian Community Sport Minister Ros Spence said investing in new and upgraded facilities means community clubs can support more players and host more events safely as the state progressively re-opens.

“We’re creating a level playing field and urge councils and sporting organisations to think creatively about how they can support their communities with innovative and inclusive facilities,” Spence said.

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