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 

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.”