Castlemaine’s passionate footballers now have significantly improved facilities, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today opened the new female-friendly pavilion at Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, made possible with a $100,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Female Friendly Facilities.

Ms Edwards also launched the competition standard lighting at Doug Powell Oval, thanks to a $100,000 investment from the Government’s Country Football and Netball Program.

The reserve is home to the Castlemaine “Magpies” Junior Football and Netball Club and Castlemaine Cycling Club – widely used by the local football and netball competitions.

The Magpies club history goes back more than 150 years, and in the junior club has significantly expanded in recent years – especially with growing numbers of girls signing up.

The old pavilion however was in need of an upgrade to accommodate the growing number of female participants and to provide adequate change facilities.

The new pavilion features female friendly and fully accessible change rooms for players and umpires, first aid, meeting rooms, and storage space for football, netball and cycling equipment.

The installation of 100 lux lighting around the oval will also significantly expand the Magpies options for scheduling training and competition.

The Government is getting on with supporting sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria the Government has invested more than $630 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.

The Government acknowledged project partner Mount Alexander Shire Council for its commitment and significant investment in the project, and she thanked the Magpies, the Mount Alexander Community Enterprise and local community for their financial and in-kind support to progress the new pavilion and lighting.

 “Grounds like Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve are a vital asset in any community and Castlemaine’s residents deserve appropriate, modern and fit for purpose facilities they can be proud of.”

“We’re backing women’s sport at every level and these important upgrades will allow the Magpies to soar in Castlemaine for years to come.”

“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for all Victorians to get involved in local sport and recreation, and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP