Third pitch possibility for Savoys
SHADOW Minister for Sport, Danny O’Brien, joined member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy in Myrtleford last week to visit Savoy Park to get a gauge on the facilities.
The soccer club have long mooted the possibility of a third pitch to help put to ease the wear and tear of their two grounds whilst also making the complex more feasible to hold big AWFA events such as Semi Finals and Gala Days.
Mr O’Brien said possible renovations of the change rooms or the addition of an upstairs social club were also upgrades that would be beneficial to the club.
“Tim McCurdy asked me to come up as the Shadow Minister for Sport to assess the needs of the club here,” Mr O’Brien said.
“It’s an opportunity to get myself here as the Shadow Minister who might be the Minister in a months’ time to see what the needs are, we have a strong $195m grass roots sport revival fund that we have committed, which includes a big chunk of money directly for clubs like this.”
The fund would also be designed to support female friendly facilities, something Mr O’Brien said the Savoy Club currently have “pretty good”.
“Tim was very keen to make sure I was across everything in his electorate,” Mr O’Brien who travelled from Gippsland added.
Mr McCurdy said the Liberal Nationals were taking on a clear priority to grass roots sport.
“Our competitors put $225m into the AFL, so you have to wonder why put so much money into Australia’s wealthiest sports organisation,” he explained.
“We have said we will do the opposite, we are going to put it into grass roots.”
Savoy’s President, Zac Mirt, said it was fantastic to see Mr McCurdy and Mr O’Brien in Myrtleford.
“It would be really good for Myrtleford as a whole (McCurdy’s election), three community groups could really benefit from something, the Fire Brigade have been waiting for a long time and so have the Scouts,” he added.
STAKEHO LDERS:(leftto right)M yrtleford Savoy stalwartG raham Ham ilton,Seniorcoach M atthew Park,PresidentZac M irtand (farright)Vice-PresidentShawn M acGowan were joined by Shadow M inisterforSport,Danny O’Brien and m em berforOvens Valley,Tim M cCurdy in M yrtleford lastweek.