Labor cash pledge for Brunswick West and Coburg sporting grounds

LABOR has promised $600,000 for Brunswick West and Coburg sporting grounds if the party wins the state election.

Brunswick state Labor MP Jane Garrett pledged $100,000 on Saturday to Gillon Oval and Raeburn Reserve in Brunswick West.

The money would upgrade the historic grandstand, improve training facilities and go towards developing a masterplan for the precinct.

The funding requires Moreland Council to chip in, and Mayor Lambros Tapinos confirmed the council would match the money if Labor was elected.

It is the second sporting ground election promise by Ms Garrett, who said Labor would also provide $500,000 to redevelop Campbell ­Reserve in Coburg for ­Moreland City Football Club.

The money would provide a new clubroom, function room, canteen, two change rooms and toilets, with Moreland Council to match the funding commitment.

Ms Garrett said Gillon Oval had “been left to run down, with no support for growth and no decent facilities for girls and women.”

“Labor’s plan will save the grandstand, save open spaces and improve training areas at Gillon Oval,” Ms Garrett said.

She said the upgrade of Moreland City Football Club would enable “more kids in our area (to get) active”.

Cr Tapinos said he was pleased Labor was committed to improving Moreland sports grounds.