Backing community sport on Phillip Island with clubroom upgrade

Liberal Party Victoria

The Victorian Liberals and Nationals will back grassroots sport by delivering new facilities at the Phillip Island Football Netball Club.

The Club, in Cowes, has more than 700 members and has outgrown its existing clubrooms, and that’s why a Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will provide $350,000 to extend the facilities.

The funding will ensure the club is no longer forced to hire larger venues for functions and events, meaning it can redirect the savings to invest in growing junior ranks and further upgrades.

Furthermore, it would allow for the wider Cowes community to make use of the larger space, with the extension allowing more room to hold events.

Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy, said local community sports clubs need support to recover and rebuild from the disrupted past two years.

“Community sport right across the state have battled lockdowns and competition cancellations, which seriously affected their ability to raise money that would normally go toward upgrades,” Mr Guy said.

“This investment will mean that Phillip Island Football Netball Club will have a home for many years to come.”

Liberal Candidate for Bass, Aaron Brown, said it was important for government to play its role in supporting community sport.

“Investment in grassroots sport encourages locals to stay active by providing the very best facilities,” Mr Brown said.

“Only a Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will deliver this much needed upgrade to the Phillip Island Football Netball Club.”

The Nationals Candidate for Bass Brett Tessari said he was proud to have worked closely with the Phillip Island Football Netball Club over the past three years to work out the priority projects and congratulated the local volunteers for persevering to secure this funding.

“Community sport is at the heart of strong regional communities, with this investment in modern, comfortable facilities that are fit-for -purpose just one practical way we can support local clubs to attract and retain members,” Mr Tessari said.

“The Nationals and Liberals’ investment in better local sporting facilities is helping to build up our community into an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

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