Local cricket, soccer, and lacrosse clubs will soon be enjoying improved sports facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP today announced that sporting reserves across Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong were among grant recipients in the latest round of the Labor Government’s $180 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Sports clubs in the Williamstown Electorate will share in almost $500,000 from the Andrews Government, as part of a partnership projects with both the Maribyrnong City Council and the Hobsons Bay City Council to improve sporting facilities.

Successful projects include:

  • Significant upgrades at Digman Reserve in Newport: $250,000 will go towards a $1m project to activate the reserve for soccer, which involves redeveloping the eastern playing field and installing of new flood lights. This project will support the ongoing use of Digman Reserve by the Gellibrand Cricket Club, and it will help activate the reserve for training and match opportunities in winter for the Barnstoneworth United FC.​
  • Upgraded lighting at Angliss Reserve in Yarraville: $239,745 will go towards a $479,490 project to install six new flood light towers, and upgrade four existing towers. The project will provide further training and development opportunities for the Footscray Lacrosse Club. It will also provide further training opportunities for the large amount of participants at the neighbouring Yarraville Glory Soccer Club.

In this round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, over 90 projects will be supported across Victoria thanks to a $60 million boost from the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

This investment is part of our commitment to promoting sport and active recreation by encouraging all Victorians to be active.

Mr Noonan acknowledged Maribyrnong City Council and Hobsons Bay City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the projects.

Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan

“Congratulations to our local Councils and Clubs – this boost will go a long way to supporting the growing number of people keen to get involved in local sport.”

“It’s a great example of how we’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for locals in Melbourne’s west.”

These are wonderful projects that will be delivered in partnership with our local Councils.”

Quotes attributable to Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Cr Angela Altair

“I thank Mr Noonan and welcome this funding contribution towards the Council led upgrades planned for Digman Reserve.”
“We know from our Sports Facility Needs Analysis that there is a lot to do in Hobsons Bay and every dollar we get in support from the State Government helps.”

“We now look forward to getting on with this project in collaboration with the clubs and we are hopeful of further funding contributions from the government to help us to improve our local sports facilities to be more accessible to all, especially with the recent growth in female participation in sport.”