Local State Member, Kim Wells MP said the Coalition Government will provide $100,000 towards a lighting upgrade at Lakesfield Reserve, Lysterfield, giving Lysterfield’s footy players more time on the field.
Kim Wells MP said the $250,000 project was a joint effort, with $100,000 provided by the Napthine Government, matching the $100,000 already committed by Federal MP, Alan Tudge, and $50,000 from Knox City Council and the football club.
Kim Wells MP thanked Federal MP, Alan Tudge MP for identifying the project and providing a $100,000 boost, and gratefully acknowledged Cr Darren Pearce, Mayor of Knox Council and the Lysterfield Junior Football Club for their contributions towards the Lakesfield Reserve lighting project.
“This announcement is a fantastic example of the community working with State, Federal and local governments to deliver a significant enhancement to our sporting grounds which will support local clubs and the wider community for years to come,” Mr Wells said.
The $250,000 in grants will fund the installation of new sports field lighting at Lakesfield Reserve. The new lighting will be to a training standard of 50 lux, providing a safer training environment for players.
“Lysterfield Junior footy players will benefit greatly from these lights, with more hours in the evening to train under lights,” Mr Wells said.
“Improved lighting will increase the training capacity at the ground for a growing junior football club, and provide more on field time for players.
“This lighting project will help develop Lakesfield Reserve into a quality, accessible community sports ground that has safe facilities and allows players more opportunities for training,” Kim Wells said.
“The Victorian Government is delighted to invest in sports facilities that benefit the community and encourage people get active and more involved in football, cricket, softball, netball or soccer.”
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Damian Drum said the Victorian Government is committed to a more active Victoria and proud to give this timely boost to clubs throughout the state that are the backbone of their communities.
“This investment is recognition of the important role sports clubs play in community development, from providing a place for locals to meet and get active, to supporting the development of volunteers,” Mr Drum said.
Kim Wells MP said the lighting upgrade at Lakesfield Reserve in Lysterfield was one of over 120 projects to receive funding from the 2015/2016 round of the Community Facility Funding Program.
For more information about the Community Facility Funding Program visit www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/sport