Friday, 14 June

The Leongatha ‘Parrots’ Football and Netball Club now have two new courts complete with lighting and shelter, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs and Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today joined the ‘Parrots’ before their round nine clash with the Bairnsdale Redlegs to officially open the new courts and facilities, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Country Football and Netball Program.

The Leongatha Recreation Reserve is home to the Gippsland League’s Leongatha Parrots which up until now were the only club in the league forced to play its netball games indoors.

The club has scored a new competition court as well as a training court complete with 200 lux lighting, allowing greater training and competition times with new fencing around the courts to improve safety, as well as shelter.

The Country Football and Netball Program replaces and upgrades ageing facilities for football and netball clubs across rural, regional and outer metropolitan Victoria so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members.

It’s a funding partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state meet the growing demand for player participation across regional Victoria.

It’s part of the Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active. Across Victoria, the government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.

The Government acknowledged project partners South Gippsland Shire Council, and the Leongatha Parrots for their respective matching contributions of $100,000 each into the project.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs and Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“The Parrots are part of the fabric of Leongatha with more than 210 members and they deserve modern facilities they can be proud of.”

“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get involved in local sport and recreation, and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”