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$8 million to grow football participation and pathways in Melbourne’s southeast

May 05, 2014

• $8 million boost for Moorabbin’s community football hub
• More than 15,000 football participants will benefit from new facilities
• Coalition Government building better recreation facilities and a more active Victoria

The Treasurer Michael O’Brien and Minister for Sport and Recreation Damien Drum announced on the weekend an $8 million contribution to the redevelopment of the Moorabbin Community Reserve.

The funding allocated in the 2014-15 Victorian Budget will kickstart a project that builds a community football hub which will benefit more than 15,000 players and their families.

“The Victorian Government is investing in projects that build a better Victoria. This announcement will give 27 junior and 30 senior clubs the facilities to boost sports participation and performance to higher levels than Melbourne’s southeast has reached before” Mr O’Brien said.

Mr Drum said the project will become the playing and administrative home for the entire football pathway in Victoria’s southeast.

“Moorabbin Community Reserve will become the home of the South Metro Junior Football League, the Southern Football League and the TAC Cup Sandringham Dragons,” Mr Drum said.

“It will also become the centre of development in the region, from Auskick, school football and AFL 9s through to coaching and volunteer education, while unisex change rooms will cater for growing female participation which has risen by 42 per cent in just four years.”

Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson said “I am pleased that the Coalition Government’s commitment to building better sporting and recreation facilities will benefit sporting clubs and families within my electorate.”

The Coalition Government will work with Kingston City Council, AFL Victoria and other stakeholders to ensure the project benefits the entire region for years to come.

The $8 million investment contributes to the project which is estimated at $16 million, and will deliver:

• New purpose-built pavilion including change rooms, umpire facilities, gym and warm up facilities and accessible public toilets;
• Dedicated offices for the South Metro Junior Football League, Southern Football League, Sandringham Dragons and AFL Vic region staff;
• Lighting to allow for training and night games;
• Community recreation space;
• Redevelopment of the G. G. Huggins stand; and
• Improved car parking