Mr Smith said following consultation with his committee of local representatives, a selection of projects that encouraged female and youth participation in sport were recommended as priorities.
“I strongly believe that female sports do not receive enough recognition or funding. Our female athletes are high achievers and strong performers who deserve to have great facilities to train and compete on,” Mr Smith said.
“As such, I was very pleased that six netball facilities, in Powelltown, Yarra Junction, Woori Yallock, Seville, Monbulk, and Montrose, were successful in obtaining funding for court resurfacing or shelter construction, as well as the Yarra Glen Tennis Club for new Hot Shots courts for junior players.”
Powelltown, Yarra Junction, Seville, and Monbulk will each receive $18,000 of Federal Government funding. Woori Yallock will receive $20,000, and Montrose will receive $14,660.
“I would like to thank my committee, Brett Whelan, Toni Madden, Caroline Evans, and Blake Hadlow for their help in recommending these priority local projects,” Mr Smith said.
“I would also like to thank Yarra Ranges Council, who will provide a matched contribution towards these projects and oversee the works.
“I look forward to watching our local athletes compete on their new courts soon.”
Round two for the Stronger Communities Programme is open now, and will close at 5pm on 29 April 2016. For further information, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/scp/ or contact the office of Tony Smith MP on 9727 0799.
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