WORLD SPORTING PRECINCT IN BAIRNSDALE SCORES $5 MILLION TOWARDS EXPANSION AND UPGRADE

The WORLD Sporting Precinct in Bairnsdale is set for a major transformation, thanks to a $5 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 WORLD Sporting Precinct will feature upgrades to netball courts, hockey and soccer pitches, a new sports pavilion, floodlighting, new car parking and improvements to spectator amenities and facilities, benefiting the Bairnsdale Netball Association, East Gippsland United Football Club and Bairnsdale Hockey 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 Bairnsdale Netball Association, East Gippsland United Football Club and Bairnsdale Hockey Club – this boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in Bairnsdale 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.”