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