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Wednesday, 27 September 2017


Bendigo Cricket Club players can now train and play at the same ground, thanks to the construction of five multi-purpose synthetic cricket nets at North Bendigo Recreation Reserve.

Member of Bendigo West Maree Edwards officially opened the nets today, made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Andrews Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

The nets feature retractable soft netting for the lanes that can be drawn back to create one large area.

This will enable to nets to be used by the Golden City Soccer Club and the North Bendigo Football and Netball Club during winter, and also be utilised by local community and school groups.

The previous practise nets were in disrepair and not fit for purpose, preventing the cricket club from training at the reserve. Now the club can enjoy new nets that complement the recently installed new synthetic pitch.

Upgrading active recreation facilities is just one of many projects across the state made possible by the $120 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The fund helps councils upgrade sport and recreation reserves, play spaces and trails, and helps clubs rejuvenate tired grounds and ageing clubrooms.

Through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, the $12.4 million Community Cricket Program: On Common Ground is creating new opportunities for Victorians of all ages and abilities to enjoy our national summer pastime, in partnership with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia.

Ms Edwards thanked project partners City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Cricket Club for their commitment and contributions to upgrading facilities at the reserve.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“These new nets will help the Bendigo Cricket Club knock over more wickets, hit more boundaries, and score more premierships.

“The nets are an investment that will reap dividends for the whole community, and keep North Bendigo Recreation Reserve a hub of local sporting activity.


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