Moreland City Football Club

Ms GARRETT (Brunswick) — On Saturday, 30 August, I was  delighted to join the Leader of the  Opposition  at  a  historic and very exciting announcement that a future  Labor  government will upgrade  sports facilities for  the Moreland City Football Club  at  Campbell Reserve in Coburg  to  the tune of $500  000.  A new clubroom,  function room, canteen, two  additional change rooms  and new toilets will feature in the upgrade. The facility is in dire need of a makeover.

Moreland City Football Club is the oldest soccer  club  in Victoria, having been established in 1916, and it has been playing out  of Campbell Reserve since 1934 — for 80 consecutive years, including during the dark days of World War II. The club  has produced  a  number of Australian  representatives and two  Olympians, Frank Loughran and Ted Smith. Ted Smith is still very tied up with the club, and his grandson is playing in the juniors.

The announcement was greeted with much excitement, particularly when the council agreed to  contribute the  same amount.  The plans  for the  full upgrade of the facility  were  on display for all to see, as  was  the  extraordinary  historic memorabilia the club has built up over decades and decades. The capacity for the club will increase with this upgrade so  that it will be able to look  after  an extra 200 juniors. I was delighted to participate.

Hansard, 3 September