One of the oldest cricket clubs in Regional Victoria now has one of the newest pavilions thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today officially opened the upgraded female friendly pavilion at Barkers Creek Recreation Reserve, made possible with a $96,400 investment from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Female Friendly Facilities.

The pavilion is the home ground of the Barkers Creek Cricket Club, established in 1855, shortly after gold was discovered in the area.

The club has enjoyed significant sporting success over the years, but its facilities were out of date and not up to scratch for the surging number of women and girls taking up cricket.

The Labor Government has listened and delivered new female friendly change facilities, accessible indoor toilets, and upgraded kitchen and social facilities.

This will give the cricket club a real boost and help it accommodate the growing interest from female players and boost to the local community, which uses the pavilion for community and social events.

It is part of the Government’s strong commitment to 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 $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.

The Government also acknowledged project partners City of Greater Bendigo, the Barkers Creek Cricket Club and the local community for their commitment, contributions and in-kind support for the project.

“The upgraded pavilion at Barkers Creek will be a real asset for the club and the community – locals deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.”

“We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or what gender they are.”

“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