Funding success for local sporting clubs

Sports pavilion at Montrose Recreation Reserve

Sporting clubs throughout Yarra Ranges have shared in more than $200,000 in funding to help them through the pandemic, thanks to a State Government grants program.

The Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program has provided 151 community groups and sporting clubs with $1500 in grants, totalling $226,000.

In addition, four local sporting associations each received $3000.

Director of Environment and Infrastructure, Mark Varmalis, said the Yarra Ranges region received the second-highest amount of funding in the state, behind Greater Geelong.

“We know this year has been devastating for our local sporting clubs, with every community sporting program and league halted by the pandemic and restrictions,” Mr Varmalis said.

“When we heard about the stimulus program from the State Government, our Recreation and Active Living Team contacted many clubs directly, checking in on them and encouraging them to apply for funding.

“It’s heartening that 151 community groups and clubs were able to access support from the State Government – every bit of support helps during times like these.

The $68 million Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program provides community sporting clubs and organisation with funding to help fast-track infrastructure projects that can begin in the immediate future.

“This funding helps to provide jobs for Victorians and improve community sporting infrastructure,” Mr Varmalis said.

This support from the State Government follows Council’s success in securing $2.5 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund, which will help fund the Upwey Skatepark Redesign, a new pavilion at Kimberley Recreation Reserve and a new waste-to-energy project at Coldstream Waste Transfer Station, with funds matched by Council.

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