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Beaumaris sports facilities funded through unique Coalition Government partnership

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October 29, 2014

Sport and recreation clubs in Beaumaris can look forward to new and improved facilities after partnering with the Victorian Coalition Government under the inaugural round of the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program (LFLC).

Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson today congratulated the Beaumaris Bowls Club on the successful funding outcome which will provide $12, 817 towards the replacement of the bowling green surface.

This project aims to increase bowling activates at the Beaumaris Bowls Club by 25% through the upgrade of its natural turf bowling green and will provide the Club a more sustainable summer grass enabling usage during winter periods and not requiring replacement for decades to come.

Mr Thompson said the LFLC program would be a game-changer for local sport.

“It allows clubs to bring projects to fruition through their own fundraising and resources rather than being stuck in the queue for local government assistance,” Mr Thompson said.

“This is funding that may never have gone into local sport without the capacity of clubs to partner directly with the Coalition Government under this program.”

Mr Thompson said the LFLC program provides a boost for innovative, hard-working community clubs and organisations, with the Napthine Government providing dollar-for-dollar funding for community contributions of up to $50,000 for small sport and recreation facility projects.

“Programs like these are all about rewarding the hard work of volunteers and administrators at local community clubs and organisations by providing financial support to projects that make a big difference to local people,” Mr Thompson said.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said the clubs were among more than 70 others across Victoria that have contributed $2.4 million of their own funding to see projects come to life.

“The applications received were of such a high quality, and clubs were so willing to contribute funds and resources that we became convinced we’d unearthed a valuable new avenue for sports funding.

“This illustrates the Napthine Government’s affinity with community sporting clubs and its ability to work innovatively to reduce red-tape and get local projects moving.”

For more information about the LFLC program and other community sporting facility funding programs on offer, please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au