Work is set to begin on a new and improved multi-purpose sport and recreational centre in Charlton, backed by the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford turned the first sod on the $4.2 million new community hub at Charlton Park Reserve yesterday, which is home to numerous sport and recreation clubs, including football, netball, hockey, tennis, cricket, golf, and harness racing as well as the Agricultural and Pastoral Society.
Many of the existing buildings are aged, in poor condition, flood-damaged, and no longer meet the needs of the community.
The Andrews Labor Government investing $1.5 million in the $4.2 million, community-driven project, which will consolidate buildings to create a modern multi-purpose facility with shared resources and a better layout.
The project will deliver:
- shared sports administration club rooms for AFL football, netball, hockey, tennis, cricket, golf
- regional harness racing administration facilities to support the recently upgraded track
- accessible toilets and change rooms
- a 320m² conference and function facility seating approximately 240 people
- Agricultural and Pastoral Society administration rooms
The Labor Government’s funding was provided with $1.1 million from the Regional Infrastructure Fund and $400,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund.
The project is expected to increase visitor numbers to the precinct from 26,000 per year to over 36,000 within five years.
The project will support five construction jobs and is expected to generate 14 additional jobs in the longer term.
As stated by Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“Right across the state, we’re investing in initiatives that make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and do business – and I’m so pleased to help make the Charlton 2020 vision a reality.”
“This is a perfect example of the Government and community working together to get the best result – a multi-purpose facility that will provide a much-needed boost for the clubs that call this park home.”
As stated by Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“We’re investing in harness racing facilities across Victoria to help attract more people to racing and to ensure participants are working in the very best facilities.”