The Victorian Liberals and Nationals will continue their commitment to support grassroots sports by providing $600,000 to build new changerooms for the Red Cliffs Football Netball Club at Quandong Park.
The existing rooms haven’t had a major upgrade since being built in the 1950’s, and new facilities are desperately needed to not only support football and netball ranks, but the wider community.
The commitment from the Victorian Liberals and Nationals will ensure the Club’s 12 netball teams and 10 football teams have appropriate facilities to get ready on game day, and a larger space to host events.
It will also go a long way in properly supporting its growing female football program, which includes a new under 14 team in the local youth girl’s football competition.
The $1.5 million redevelopment project was identified as a priority by Mildura Rural City Council. Both Council and the Football Netball Club will contribute funding, with scope for the community project to grow as other groups in the local area utilise the facilities.
Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, said the commitment would be a big win for the Red Cliffs community.
“The facilities at Quandong Park haven’t seen any significant investment in decades, and it is about time it got funding it needs.”
“Sporting clubs will play an integral role as communities begin to recover and rebuild and by providing the very best facilities at a local level, people are encouraged to stay active and healthy.”
Liberal Candidate for Mildura, Paul Matheson, said the funding announcement would support thousands of locals.
“The Red Cliffs Football Netball Club has been working tirelessly on and off the field, and this commitment will give them the confidence to support their male and female ranks as they continue to grow,” Mr Matheson said.
“I am proud to commit funding for the extension of the clubrooms and changerooms which deliver a modern space for all players, as well as members and supporters.”
The Nationals Candidate for Mildura, Jade Benham, said the new changerooms will cater for a growing club.
“This commitment is a huge win for Red Cliffs which will see their changerooms brought into the present, while catering for the club’s future growth. A fit-for-purpose facility for our footballers and netballers makes a massive difference to any club and who knows, maybe even a women’s senior team might be on the cards in the future,” Ms Benham said.
“Council identified this as a priority action and it is fantastic to be able to support this project for the Tigers and our community.”