SPORT­ING CASH

State Gov­ern­ment to an­nounce over $1 mil­lion to lift our in­fra­struc­ture

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY JEREMY WIL­SON jwil­son@ne­me­dia.com.au

FRESH light­ing to two of Wan­garatta’s ma­jor sport­ing precincts will head­line to­day’s an­tic­i­pated State Gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment of more than $1.1 mil­lion in lo­cal sport­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Jaclyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria), will be in Wan­garatta to­day when she is ex­pected to an­nounce gov­ern­ment fund­ing for three sep­a­rate projects.

It’s an­tic­i­pated Ms Symes will con­firm fund­ing to sup­port ma­jor up­grades at the WJ Find­lay Oval and South Wan­garatta Re­serve as well as the Mitchell Av­enue Re­cre­ation Re­serve.

The up­grades at the WJ Find­lay Oval and South Wan­garatta Re­serve are ex­pected to be in the form of in­stal­la­tion of badly needed sports field light­ing.

Both clubs have pushed hard for new light­ing in re­cent years and are ex­pected to be ec­static with the news of this an­nounce­ment, with the chance of night foot­ball and soc­cer games now a pos­si­bil­ity.

Mean­while, the up­grades to the Mitchell Av­enue Re­cre­ation Re­serve are likely to be a chil­dren’s gar­den skate-friendly path­way link­ing the ex­ist­ing splash park and play­ground as well as the fu­ture BMX pump track.

To­day’s fund­ing fur­ther en­hances Wan­garatta’s grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as a sport­ing in­fra­struc­ture cen­tre of ex­cel­lence with a num­ber of projects re­cently gain­ing fund­ing.

This in­vest­ment fol­lows Ms Symes se­cur­ing $1.5 mil­lion for Stage Two of the Wan­garatta Aquatic Plan at the Wan­garatta In­door Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre, $95,000 for the Wan­garatta Ten­nis and District Up­grade Project at Mer­riwa Park and Boorhaman Ten­nis Club, $200,000 for fe­male change rooms for Glen­rowan Foot­ball/Netball Club and the re­lo­ca­tion and con­struc­tion of a netball court with 100 LUX light­ing at the Glen­rowan Re­cre­ation Re­serve Kelly Tigers Netball Courts.

Over $4 mil­lion was also se­cured in July un­der the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund – In­fra­struc­ture Projects stream to build a new 50 me­tre, so­lar-heated pool next to the ex­ist­ing Wan­garatta In­door Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre in­clud­ing a splash play area and in­door hy­drother­apy fa­cil­i­ties.

And of course last week­end saw the in­cred­i­ble suc­cess of the Ovens and Mur­ray Grand Fi­nal at the Norm Minns Oval which fur­ther con­firmed Wan­garatta’s abil­ity to host ma­jor sport­ing events.

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