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Saturday, 18 August 2018

ANDREWS GOVERNMENT LIGHTS UP MARIST COLLEGE SPORTS

Maiden Gully netball and football have been given a boost, thanks to funding from the Andrews Government.

Maiden Gully has seen significant growth in recent years, putting pressure on sporting infrastructure.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today switched on the new lighting of three netball courts and the senior and junior football ovals at Marist College, made possible thanks to $100,000 funding from the government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Installation of lights on the netball courts will enable night competition.

Installation of lights on the senior football oval enables Australian Rules football competitions, while the junior oval now has training standard lighting.  

This lighting of the courts and the ovals will provide opportunities to schedule night football and netball games, as well as significantly extending training capacity for the school and local clubs.

This project has also supported the growing Maiden Gulley YCW Eagles Football Netball Club and junior football club to relocate to the sports grounds, by providing increased scheduling options for training across the courts and ovals.

The Andrews Government is committed to promoting sports and active recreation, and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria we've already invested $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and that’s why we’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength.

Ms Edwards acknowledged project partner the City of Greater Bendigo Council for its support and financial contribution to the project, along with the Eagles football netball club for its financial commitment.

The oval and courts project is part of a wider construction program at the College.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

“Maiden Gully is booming, and growing numbers of boys and girls, women and men are signing up to play local sport.”

 “The Andrews Government is giving students at Marist College and the Maiden Gully community the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love.”

“It’s a great example of how the Andrews Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.”

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