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Thursday, 20 June 2013


The Napthine-Ryan Coalition Government’s decision to slash $30 million from sport and recreation will affect local sporting clubs ability to improve facilities and impact on local jobs in the community, State Members of Parliament, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards said today.

 Ms Edwards and Ms Allan visited the Golden City Soccer Club to meet with club officials, players and local families and to call on the Liberal National Coalition Government to reinstate sport and recreational funding. 

 “Sporting clubs like the Golden City Soccer Club have been the victims of the Napthine Government’s budget bottom line,” Ms Edwards said.

 “Local sporting clubs will now find it even harder to adequately fund basic facilities such as pitches, courts, toilets, change rooms, lighting and other amenities that are vital to any sporting clubs operation.”

“As well as cutting $30 million to the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Napthine Government has scrapped the Extending Support for Soccer program and made no financial allocation for the Community Sporting Code of Conduct.”

The Golden City Soccer Club is a non-profit club and was established in 1971 to support recreational and sporting activities for young people living in the central Bendigo area.

Ms Allan said that the Golden City Soccer Club provided an important community activity for local youth in the area.  

“The club also serves as a social meeting point for members of the community in a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment,” Ms Allan said.

“The Golden City Soccer Club is proud to have developed into one of the best junior clubs in the central Victorian based Bendigo Amateur Soccer League.” 

Ms Allan said that overall investment in Community Facilities Grants had decreased 28 per cent in last month’s State Budget following a 42 per cent reduction over the previous two State Budgets.

“This is in stark contrast to the former Labor Government which invested greatly in central Victoria with projects such as the new Epsom Recreational Reserve, the expansion of the West Bendigo stadium, lights at the QEO, aquatic centre upgrade, new facilities at Spring Gully Tennis Club and many more.” 

“Central Victorian families deserve a Government that will deliver and invest in important recreational activities,” Ms Allan said.

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