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WAIREWA RAILWAY BRIDGE SITE WORKS UNDERWAY

Progress is being made on a community-led initiative to upgrade the much-loved Wairewa Railway Bridge recreation site, damaged during the 2019-20 bushfires. Situated east of Nowa Nowa in East Gippsland, the Wairewa Railway Bridge is a popular stop for visitors to the area, and a point of pride for the local community. Approximately half the structure was destroyed by the fires and after initial safety works, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) met with Bushfire Recovery Victoria and the Wairewa Committee of Management to discuss a plan to ensure the bridge would be retained for its historic value and enjoyment of the community. Additional works at the site include the installation of a new viewing platform, carpark and picnic tables. This is one of 24 state forest visitor sites across Gippsland that are being restored as part of the Victorian Government's support for bushfire-affected communities, with all state forest visitor sites now re-opened. All contractors working on the upgrade are local companies, based between Traralgon and Mallacoota, including: Chris O’Brien Engineering, Ethos NRM, C &W Excavations. ADRA Engineers, TD Tree Services and Jarvis Norwood Constructions. Minor site works are being managed by local Forest Fire Management crews and individuals employed under the Working for Victoria initiative. It is expected the visitor site, carpark and ballast removal works will be complete by the summer holidays. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Wairewa Railway Bridge is a treasured community asset and a popular stop for visitors to the region. The improvements being made to this site will make the visitor experience even more enjoyable.” “Projects like the Wairewa Railway Bridge are at the heart of our community-led approach to bushfire recovery.” “These smaller, local-level projects make a huge difference in town and bring new life to much-loved facilities.”

WAIREWA RAILWAY BRIDGE SITE WORKS UNDERWAY

Progress is being made on a community-led initiative to upgrade the much-loved Wairewa Railway Bridge recreation site, damaged during the 2019-20 bushfires. Situated east of Nowa Nowa in East Gippsland, the Wairewa Railway Bridge is a popular stop for visitors to the area, and a point of pride for the local community. Approximately half the structure was destroyed by the fires and after initial safety works, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) met with Bushfire Recovery Victoria and the Wairewa Committee of Management to discuss a plan to ensure the bridge would be retained for its historic value and enjoyment of the community. Additional works at the site include the installation of a new viewing platform, carpark and picnic tables. This is one of 24 state forest visitor sites across Gippsland that are being restored as part of the Victorian Government's support for bushfire-affected communities, with all state forest visitor sites now re-opened. All contractors working on the upgrade are local companies, based between Traralgon and Mallacoota, including: Chris O’Brien Engineering, Ethos NRM, C &W Excavations. ADRA Engineers, TD Tree Services and Jarvis Norwood Constructions. Minor site works are being managed by local Forest Fire Management crews and individuals employed under the Working for Victoria initiative. It is expected the visitor site, carpark and ballast removal works will be complete by the summer holidays. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “The Wairewa Railway Bridge is a treasured community asset and a popular stop for visitors to the region. The improvements being made to this site will make the visitor experience even more enjoyable.” “Projects like the Wairewa Railway Bridge are at the heart of our community-led approach to bushfire recovery.” “These smaller, local-level projects make a huge difference in town and bring new life to much-loved facilities.”

ROAD SAFETY GRANTS TO BOOST GIPPSLAND SAFETY

Gippsland will receive a boost from the Victorian Government for community road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma. Schools, councils and not-for-profit organisations in the region are among a number of local groups across the state benefiting from the latest round of Community Road Safety Grants Program. The $1.5 million program will deliver targeted education programs designed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. Several groups across the region have welcomed funding for projects to provide local solutions to local road safety concerns including $175,992 in funding to initiatives such as motorcycle rider mentoring and driver education programs for those with learning disabilities. The grants program delivers educational sessions on road safety, promoting safer young drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians – and addresses issues such as fatigue and high-risk driver behaviour including speeding and drink driving. The program also funds roadside banners, speed advisory signage and mobile billboards as part of targeted community awareness campaigns. Funding is spread across the state including motorcycle safety sessions in Gippsland, Melbourne and the Grampians, cyclist safety in the Loddon Mallee and North East Victoria, safer routes to school initiatives in the South West and young driver education at 102 high schools across the state. It comes as the Transport Accident Commission offers Victoria’s local councils the chance to receive funding grants to help improve road safety in their region. Under the TAC program, projects with a focus on road safety analysis can receive up to $30,000 and infrastructure projects can receive up to $100,000. The TAC’s Local Government Grant Program is open to council applications across the state until July 28 2021. The grants programs support Victoria’s Road Safety Action Plan and Strategy 2021-2030, which set us on a path to halve road deaths and significantly reduce serious injuries by 2030. For more information on the programs visit the VicRoads website – www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-androad-rules/road-safety-programs/vicroads-community-road-safety-grants-program. Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “These targeted, community-driven projects deliver important road safety initiatives and I commend Gippslanders for getting involved in the program to help tackle road safety at a local level.” Quotes Attributable to Road Safety Victoria Executive Director Carl Muller “We are all responsible for road safety - one wrong decision on our roads can have life changing consequences and this program empowers local groups to share vital road safety messages.”

ROAD SAFETY GRANTS TO BOOST GIPPSLAND SAFETY

Gippsland will receive a boost from the Victorian Government for community road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma. Schools, councils and not-for-profit organisations in the region are among a number of local groups across the state benefiting from the latest round of Community Road Safety Grants Program. The $1.5 million program will deliver targeted education programs designed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. Several groups across the region have welcomed funding for projects to provide local solutions to local road safety concerns including $175,992 in funding to initiatives such as motorcycle rider mentoring and driver education programs for those with learning disabilities. The grants program delivers educational sessions on road safety, promoting safer young drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians – and addresses issues such as fatigue and high-risk driver behaviour including speeding and drink driving. The program also funds roadside banners, speed advisory signage and mobile billboards as part of targeted community awareness campaigns. Funding is spread across the state including motorcycle safety sessions in Gippsland, Melbourne and the Grampians, cyclist safety in the Loddon Mallee and North East Victoria, safer routes to school initiatives in the South West and young driver education at 102 high schools across the state. It comes as the Transport Accident Commission offers Victoria’s local councils the chance to receive funding grants to help improve road safety in their region. Under the TAC program, projects with a focus on road safety analysis can receive up to $30,000 and infrastructure projects can receive up to $100,000. The TAC’s Local Government Grant Program is open to council applications across the state until July 28 2021. The grants programs support Victoria’s Road Safety Action Plan and Strategy 2021-2030, which set us on a path to halve road deaths and significantly reduce serious injuries by 2030. For more information on the programs visit the VicRoads website – www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-androad-rules/road-safety-programs/vicroads-community-road-safety-grants-program. Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “These targeted, community-driven projects deliver important road safety initiatives and I commend Gippslanders for getting involved in the program to help tackle road safety at a local level.” Quotes Attributable to Road Safety Victoria Executive Director Carl Muller “We are all responsible for road safety - one wrong decision on our roads can have life changing consequences and this program empowers local groups to share vital road safety messages.”

TWO MILE CAMPGROUND UPGRADED

The Victorian Government is committed to delivering opportunities for people of all abilities to experience and benefit from nature, with works recently commencing to deliver wheelchair friendly amenities at Two Mile Creek campground at Upper Dargo. Nestled on the banks of the historic Dargo River, Two Mile Creek campground is a scenic High Country location, ideal for fishing and swimming. This work is part of Victoria's Great Outdoors, a $105.6 million investment in better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities. Victoria’s Great Outdoors is providing a boost to regional towns by upgrading campgrounds and facilities, creating jobs, supporting local business and attracting more visitors to tourist areas. When complete, Two Mile campground will have accessible toilets, an accessible path to link the campground facilities, accessible viewing areas of Two Mile Creek and an accessible picnic shelter with wheelchair friendly tables. These works will be finished by December 2021. Victorians are reminded to adhere to physical distancing and hygiene requirements to ensure permitted activities are carried out safely: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Dargo is considered the gateway to the Alpine National Park and the perfect place to stopover when exploring Victoria’s High Country. The improvements being made to this site will make the visitor experience more enjoyable for more Victorians.” “Victoria’s Great Outdoors is building better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities to make it easier for all Victorians to explore our parks and forests, experience nature and support regional tourism.” “We’re making it easier for Victorians from all walks of life to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.”

TWO MILE CAMPGROUND UPGRADED

The Victorian Government is committed to delivering opportunities for people of all abilities to experience and benefit from nature, with works recently commencing to deliver wheelchair friendly amenities at Two Mile Creek campground at Upper Dargo. Nestled on the banks of the historic Dargo River, Two Mile Creek campground is a scenic High Country location, ideal for fishing and swimming. This work is part of Victoria's Great Outdoors, a $105.6 million investment in better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities. Victoria’s Great Outdoors is providing a boost to regional towns by upgrading campgrounds and facilities, creating jobs, supporting local business and attracting more visitors to tourist areas. When complete, Two Mile campground will have accessible toilets, an accessible path to link the campground facilities, accessible viewing areas of Two Mile Creek and an accessible picnic shelter with wheelchair friendly tables. These works will be finished by December 2021. Victorians are reminded to adhere to physical distancing and hygiene requirements to ensure permitted activities are carried out safely: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Dargo is considered the gateway to the Alpine National Park and the perfect place to stopover when exploring Victoria’s High Country. The improvements being made to this site will make the visitor experience more enjoyable for more Victorians.” “Victoria’s Great Outdoors is building better walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks and visitor facilities to make it easier for all Victorians to explore our parks and forests, experience nature and support regional tourism.” “We’re making it easier for Victorians from all walks of life to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.”

FUTURE IN FREIGHT FOR FENNING TIMBERS

A Gippsland timber business is on track to create a new freight terminal thanks to funding under the Victorian Forestry Plan. Bairnsdale-based Fenning Timbers has received a $700,000 grant for the first stage of the Fenning Intermodal Freight Terminal (FIFT) at the end of the Gippsland rail line. The $865,000 first stage of the project will use land adjacent to their Bairnsdale mill to meet a growing demand for rail freight in the region. The establishment of the commercial light rail precinct will also provide better linkages to Melbourne and the rest of the state for Gippsland businesses, in addition to upgrades made to the Gippsland line under the Victorian Freight Plan. The FIFT is a positive step by Fenning Timbers to utilise their existing land and assets to diversify their business away from only processing native hardwood timber. Stage 1 of the project will see upgrades to the site including to rail siding, existing infrastructure and improving refuelling, parking and access. In the longer-term, Stage 2 of the project would expand the FIFT’s footprint and build additional warehousing and storage facilities. The $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan is the biggest ever forestry package that will support workers, businesses and communities. There is a planned transition with a stepped-down approach until 2030 that offers opportunities for the industry to move away from native forestry and diversify into different industries and ways of working. For more information about the Victorian Forestry Plan and the support available for forestry businesses visit djpr.vic.gov.au/forestry. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Fenning Timbers is a great example of a business actively responding to the Victorian Forestry Plan and the early support it provides for forestry businesses to respond to the change ahead.” “Now more than ever as we move towards to 2030 and the end of timber harvesting in public forests, there is a need for the Victorian timber industry to look to new supply, new markets, new products and new opportunities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne “The new freight terminal will assist with our push to move more freight on to rail, taking trucks off local roads and creating a more efficient connection into Melbourne.” Quote attributable to Managing Director of Fenning Timbers Leonard Fenning “The Fenning Intermodal Freight Terminal Stage 1 project is on track to deliver a new environmentally sustainable freight and rail precinct for eastern Victoria as part of a masterplan that aligns with the government’s long-term policy.”

FUTURE IN FREIGHT FOR FENNING TIMBERS

A Gippsland timber business is on track to create a new freight terminal thanks to funding under the Victorian Forestry Plan. Bairnsdale-based Fenning Timbers has received a $700,000 grant for the first stage of the Fenning Intermodal Freight Terminal (FIFT) at the end of the Gippsland rail line. The $865,000 first stage of the project will use land adjacent to their Bairnsdale mill to meet a growing demand for rail freight in the region. The establishment of the commercial light rail precinct will also provide better linkages to Melbourne and the rest of the state for Gippsland businesses, in addition to upgrades made to the Gippsland line under the Victorian Freight Plan. The FIFT is a positive step by Fenning Timbers to utilise their existing land and assets to diversify their business away from only processing native hardwood timber. Stage 1 of the project will see upgrades to the site including to rail siding, existing infrastructure and improving refuelling, parking and access. In the longer-term, Stage 2 of the project would expand the FIFT’s footprint and build additional warehousing and storage facilities. The $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan is the biggest ever forestry package that will support workers, businesses and communities. There is a planned transition with a stepped-down approach until 2030 that offers opportunities for the industry to move away from native forestry and diversify into different industries and ways of working. For more information about the Victorian Forestry Plan and the support available for forestry businesses visit djpr.vic.gov.au/forestry. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Fenning Timbers is a great example of a business actively responding to the Victorian Forestry Plan and the early support it provides for forestry businesses to respond to the change ahead.” “Now more than ever as we move towards to 2030 and the end of timber harvesting in public forests, there is a need for the Victorian timber industry to look to new supply, new markets, new products and new opportunities.” Quote attributable to Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne “The new freight terminal will assist with our push to move more freight on to rail, taking trucks off local roads and creating a more efficient connection into Melbourne.” Quote attributable to Managing Director of Fenning Timbers Leonard Fenning “The Fenning Intermodal Freight Terminal Stage 1 project is on track to deliver a new environmentally sustainable freight and rail precinct for eastern Victoria as part of a masterplan that aligns with the government’s long-term policy.”

 

STUMPING UP FOR CRICKET IN PAYNESVILLE  

Tomorrow’s local cricket stars will soon be enjoying better facilities at Paynesville, with the announcement of more than $1.4 million in funding through the second round of the Community Cricket Program – Cricket Facilities stream.  Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced a $70,000 funding contribution to upgrade cricket nets at AJ Freeman Reserve, Paynesville.  The funding will enable East Gippsland Shire Council to demolish the existing two-lane facility and construct a new three-lane cricket net training facility with soft netting and full synthetic grass, with the project totalling $112,000.  After a disrupted sports season over summer due to the pandemic, the Victorian Government is getting on with helping grassroots sport get back on track through initiatives like the Community Cricket Program.  By supporting clubs like Paynesville Cricket Club modernise their facilities, we’re giving grassroots communities the opportunity to cater for even more Victorians keen to do their communities proud.   These initiatives are part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.  The Community Cricket Program has invested more than $2.8 million into 30 cricket infrastructure projects across Victoria.  This initiative is part of the Government’s investment of over $1.1 billion into community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.   For more information about the Community Cricket Program including current round recipients visit  https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/community-cricket-program  Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett  “We’re getting on with the job of creating better facilities for our next generation, so they can emulate their sporting heroes like the Australian women’s cricket team who, in 2020, won the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final on home soil.”  “This funding will inspire even more boys, girls, men and women to sign up for cricket in Paynesville and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.” 

STUMPING UP FOR CRICKET IN PAYNESVILLE  

Tomorrow’s local cricket stars will soon be enjoying better facilities at Paynesville, with the announcement of more than $1.4 million in funding through the second round of the Community Cricket Program – Cricket Facilities stream.  Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today announced a $70,000 funding contribution to upgrade cricket nets at AJ Freeman Reserve, Paynesville.  The funding will enable East Gippsland Shire Council to demolish the existing two-lane facility and construct a new three-lane cricket net training facility with soft netting and full synthetic grass, with the project totalling $112,000.  After a disrupted sports season over summer due to the pandemic, the Victorian Government is getting on with helping grassroots sport get back on track through initiatives like the Community Cricket Program.  By supporting clubs like Paynesville Cricket Club modernise their facilities, we’re giving grassroots communities the opportunity to cater for even more Victorians keen to do their communities proud.   These initiatives are part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.  The Community Cricket Program has invested more than $2.8 million into 30 cricket infrastructure projects across Victoria.  This initiative is part of the Government’s investment of over $1.1 billion into community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.   For more information about the Community Cricket Program including current round recipients visit  https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/community-cricket-program  Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett  “We’re getting on with the job of creating better facilities for our next generation, so they can emulate their sporting heroes like the Australian women’s cricket team who, in 2020, won the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final on home soil.”  “This funding will inspire even more boys, girls, men and women to sign up for cricket in Paynesville and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.” 

UPGRADING ORBOST SECONDARY COLLEGE BRICK BY BRICK

Orbost students will learn in first-rate classrooms, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to roll out the next phase of our school building boom. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced Orbost Secondary College will receive a $7.271 million upgrade, as part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22. The funding will create a single P-12 College on the existing Orbost Secondary College site. The Budget invests $1.6 billion to build new schools and improve existing schools – making sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. Not only will this investment ensure great local schools, it will also create more than 3,500 new jobs in construction and associated industries, including more than 2,900 jobs in metropolitan Melbourne and around 615 jobs in regional Victoria. In the past seven years, the Labor Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools, more than 1,700 school upgrades – creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Right across our region we are upgrading schools ensuring that every single child has access to the great local school they deserve.” “I was pleased to have spoken to Principal Peter Seal to deliver this wonderful news earlier today.” “By investing in our schools, we’re investing in our kids – and our state’s recovery.”

UPGRADING ORBOST SECONDARY COLLEGE BRICK BY BRICK

Orbost students will learn in first-rate classrooms, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to roll out the next phase of our school building boom. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced Orbost Secondary College will receive a $7.271 million upgrade, as part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22. The funding will create a single P-12 College on the existing Orbost Secondary College site. The Budget invests $1.6 billion to build new schools and improve existing schools – making sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. Not only will this investment ensure great local schools, it will also create more than 3,500 new jobs in construction and associated industries, including more than 2,900 jobs in metropolitan Melbourne and around 615 jobs in regional Victoria. In the past seven years, the Labor Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools, more than 1,700 school upgrades – creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Right across our region we are upgrading schools ensuring that every single child has access to the great local school they deserve.” “I was pleased to have spoken to Principal Peter Seal to deliver this wonderful news earlier today.” “By investing in our schools, we’re investing in our kids – and our state’s recovery.”

UPGRADING SALE COLLEGE BRICK BY BRICK

Sale students will learn in first-rate classrooms, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to roll out the next phase of our school building boom. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced Sale College will receive a $3 million upgrade, as part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22. The funding will allow the College to undertake planning and early works for years 7-12 provision. The Budget invests $1.6 billion to build new schools and improve existing schools – making sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. Not only will this investment ensure great local schools, it will also create more than 3,500 new jobs in construction and associated industries, including more than 2,900 jobs in metropolitan Melbourne and around 615 jobs in regional Victoria. In the past seven years, the Labor Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools, more than 1,700 school upgrades – creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “We know we need to upgrade Sale College and this is the first step in making that happen. Every student deserves access to a great local school and that is exactly what we will deliver.” “I was pleased to have visited the school today to deliver this wonderful news.” “By investing in our schools, we’re investing in our kids – and our state’s recovery.”

UPGRADING SALE COLLEGE BRICK BY BRICK

Sale students will learn in first-rate classrooms, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to roll out the next phase of our school building boom. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced Sale College will receive a $3 million upgrade, as part of the Victorian Budget 2021/22. The funding will allow the College to undertake planning and early works for years 7-12 provision. The Budget invests $1.6 billion to build new schools and improve existing schools – making sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve. Not only will this investment ensure great local schools, it will also create more than 3,500 new jobs in construction and associated industries, including more than 2,900 jobs in metropolitan Melbourne and around 615 jobs in regional Victoria. In the past seven years, the Labor Government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools, more than 1,700 school upgrades – creating around 13,500 jobs in construction and associated industries. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “We know we need to upgrade Sale College and this is the first step in making that happen. Every student deserves access to a great local school and that is exactly what we will deliver.” “I was pleased to have visited the school today to deliver this wonderful news.” “By investing in our schools, we’re investing in our kids – and our state’s recovery.”

CIVIC RESERVE INTEGRATED ATHLETICS AND SOCCER PAVILION IN MORNINGTON SCORES $4 MILLION

The new Civic Reserve Integrated Athletics and Soccer Pavilion in Mornington is a step closer thanks to a $4 million funding boost from the second round of the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP today announced the project was one of 42 initiatives that secured funds in the second round of the program. Once complete the Civic Reserve Integrated Pavilion will feature four change rooms, umpiring change rooms, kitchen, office, community multipurpose space and first aid room, designed to meet Shire wide needs of athletics and district standards for soccer, benefiting the Mouth Martha Soccer Club, Mornington Little Athletics Club and Mornington Athletics Club. The project is expected to create new full-time jobs during the planning and design phase, and additional jobs when construction commences. By working with local government authorities and sporting clubs and organisations, investment from the second round of the program is expected to create 600 local jobs and drive local economic activity worth more than $180 million. A total of 70 projects have benefitted from a share of $178 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program, part of the Government’s $1.05 billion investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. For more information about the program and details on projects, go to sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP “This investment will support jobs, drive economic economy and produce a facility that will help more people in our community come together.” “Congratulations to the Mouth Martha Soccer Club, Mornington Little Athletics Club and Mornington Athletics Club - this boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in Mornington keen to get involved in local sport and recreation.” “The Victorian Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians, so more people can play the sport they love.”

CIVIC RESERVE INTEGRATED ATHLETICS AND SOCCER PAVILION IN MORNINGTON SCORES $4 MILLION

The new Civic Reserve Integrated Athletics and Soccer Pavilion in Mornington is a step closer thanks to a $4 million funding boost from the second round of the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program. Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP today announced the project was one of 42 initiatives that secured funds in the second round of the program. Once complete the Civic Reserve Integrated Pavilion will feature four change rooms, umpiring change rooms, kitchen, office, community multipurpose space and first aid room, designed to meet Shire wide needs of athletics and district standards for soccer, benefiting the Mouth Martha Soccer Club, Mornington Little Athletics Club and Mornington Athletics Club. The project is expected to create new full-time jobs during the planning and design phase, and additional jobs when construction commences. By working with local government authorities and sporting clubs and organisations, investment from the second round of the program is expected to create 600 local jobs and drive local economic activity worth more than $180 million. A total of 70 projects have benefitted from a share of $178 million from the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program, part of the Government’s $1.05 billion investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014. For more information about the program and details on projects, go to sport.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett MP “This investment will support jobs, drive economic economy and produce a facility that will help more people in our community come together.” “Congratulations to the Mouth Martha Soccer Club, Mornington Little Athletics Club and Mornington Athletics Club - this boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in Mornington keen to get involved in local sport and recreation.” “The Victorian Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians, so more people can play the sport they love.”