Brunswick Zebras Football Club wins Labor funding pledge on rooms

Labor has promised to upgrade the change rooms at a sporting ground used by the Brunswick Zebras Football Club.

Brunswick MP Jane Garrett and opposition sports spokesman John Eren announced on Wednesday that Labor would spend $100,000 to refurbish the change rooms at Balfe Park if it wins the state election.

The Zebras use the Balfe Park grounds off John Street for training, but upgraded change rooms would mean they could be used for matches.

Club president – and former Brunswick MP – Carlo Carli said the change rooms were in a “shocking state”.

“We use Balfe Park as our second home ground but, because the change rooms are in such a bad state, we have not been able to have any matches there,” he said.

“We have too many games on our main pitch in Parkville, which for most of the year has been unusable because of the rain, so we have found ourselves cancelling games. We are pretty desperate.”

Ms Garrett said the Zebras, which has about 400 players, were doing it tough.

“Their training and playing schedule suffers because they rarely have a free pitch,” she said.

She said the investment would ensure the Zebras can continue to provide sporting opportunities for hundreds of local children. The project will also require funding from Moreland Council.

Melbourne Times, September 17-23, 2014