Sports funds for Broad­ford

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES - User groups of Har­ley Ham­mond Re­serve are thrilled with the fund­ing for a new pavil­ion and net­ball courts.

A new multi-pur­pose pavil­ion and two new net­ball courts will be built at Broad­ford’s Har­ley Ham­mond Re­serve.

The Vic­to­rian Govern­ment has given $500 000 to­wards the $1.3 mil­lion project, which in­cludes the new pavil­ion and net­ball courts com­plete with lighting.

Mitchell Shire Coun­cil had ear­marked $56 000 in the 2018-19 bud­get for plan­ning, but with the lat­est in­jec­tion of funds, will now be able to progress the project sub­stan­tially fur­ther.

‘‘These up­grades will en­cour­age more peo­ple to take up sport in­clud­ing young girls and women who are un­der-rep­re­sented in sports com­pared to their male coun­ter­parts,’’ Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son said.

‘‘Coun­cil works closely with our Com­mit­tees of Man­age­ment and clubs who work so hard to man­age, main­tain and im­prove fa­cil­i­ties and pro­vide sport and recre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties for our com­mu­nity.

‘‘We cant do it alone and we are very grate­ful for the sup­port we have re­ceived from the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment for sport and recre­ation projects across the Shire in re­cent years.’’

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes and La­bor can­di­date for Euroa Fionna Dep­pel­erMor­ton joined Mitchell Shire, Broad­ford Foot­ball Net­ball Club, Broad­ford Ju­nior Net­ball Club, and Broad­ford Tennis Club rep­re­sen­ta­tives to an­nounce the fund­ing re­cently.

The fund­ing has been made pos­si­ble by ad­vo­cacy work from Ms Symes, whose chil­dren also do Aus­kick and Milo cricket at the re­serve.

Broad­ford Tennis Club, lo­cal schools and com­mu­nity groups will also be able to use the up­graded ameni­ties, courts and new pavil­ion.

The Vic­to­rian Govern­ment and Mitchell Shire car­ried out a $340 000 up­grade of Har­ley Ham­mond Re­serve last year, which saw a new grass sur­face, turf wicket, an au­to­matic ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem and con­duit laid for fu­ture lighting.

‘‘I have chewed the ear off Min­is­ter for Sport John Eren and cam­paigned strongly to get this $500 000 fund­ing for the Broad­ford com­mu­nity and the An­drews Govern­ment is giv­ing them the fa­cil­i­ties they need so more lo­cals can play the sports they love,’’ she said.

‘‘This sig­nif­i­cant up­grade is a ma­jor win for my home town of Broad­ford and the hun­dreds of play­ers from the sport­ing clubs and schools who cur­rently use this ground.’’

A-GRADE BAT­TING

63no — Jac Smith-Wil­liams (Tal­la­rook) 54 — Blair Hobba (Broad­ford) 48 — Ja­cob Wal­ton (Kil­more) 43 — Liam Col­lier (Broad­ford) 38 — Ryan Ak­ers (Yea Tigers) BOWL­ING 5-14 — Tay­lor Shell (Broad­ford) 5-29 — Shane Topham (Kil­more) 4-9 — Corey Mal­colm (Yea Tigers) 4-19 — Wil­liam Dun­don (Tal­la­rook) 3-18 — Jeremy Brad­shaw (Broad­ford)

B-GRADE

BAT­TING 105 — Scott Whitehead (Alexandra) 58 — Matthew Irv­ing (Broad­ford) 54 — Jamie Pryor (Pya­long) 48 — Joshua Vilin­skis (Broad­ford) 46 — Peter Speech­ley (Eastern Hill)

Funds wel­come:

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