Passionate footballers of Mount Alexander can now train into the evening, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today officially launched the new lighting system at Chewton Soldiers Memorial Park, made possible with a $170,400 grant from the Labor Government’s The World Game Facilities Fund.

The reserve is home to the Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club and is the only dedicated soccer pitch in the Shire.

The club has been the hub of football in the area for more than 40 years, with around 380 members and growing numbers of women and girls signing up to play.

However, a lack of lighting was significantly restricting training and competition options for the club. It also led to parts of the ground getting over-used..

New 50 lux lighting has been installed around the pitch, enabling the football club to grow its membership, extend training time and improve player safety under low-light conditions.

This project is one of 25 The World Game Facilities Fund initiatives currently being implemented across the state, sharing in more than $5 million dollars of investment.

With more than 350,000 participants state-wide and millions of fans tuning in to cheer on the Matildas at the recent World Cup, football is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

The World Game Facilities Fund is helping local football clubs upgrade existing facilities or build new ones across Victoria.

The new lights are part of the Government’s commitment to promoting sports and active recreation and encouraging all Victorians to get involved and enjoy the sport and recreation they love.

Across Victoria we’ve invested more than $850 million in community sport and active recreation facilities since 2014.

The Government also acknowledged Mount Alexander Shire Council and the Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club for their contribution to the lighting project.

 “Chewton Soldiers Memorial Park and the Castlemaine Goldfields Football Club are the hub of football in Mount Alexander Shire – the local football community deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.”

“I know the club will embrace this new lighting, so it can welcome more players, train harder, and win more flags.”

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

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP