Min­is­ter opens fin­ished works

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Vic­to­rian Tourism, Sport and Ma­jor Events Min­is­ter Mar­tin Pakula has vis­ited the Wim­mera to cel­e­brate ma­jor sport­ing de­vel­op­ment projects in Dim­boola and Nhill.

Mr Pakula of­fi­cially opened new clu­b­rooms and ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem at Dim­boola Recre­ation Re­serve and used the oc­ca­sion to speak about Nhill’s new Jaypex Park skate park.

The projects re­ceived ma­jor fund­ing sup­port from the State Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Sports In­fra­struc­ture Fund and Coun­try Foot­ball Net­ball Pro­gram.

Dim­boola’s pav­il­ion has trans­formed and now has chang­e­rooms de­signed for fe­males as well as males, a fe­male­friendly chang­e­room for um­pires, new first-aid room and up­graded stor­age.

The pav­il­ion project is part of Dim­boola Foot­ball Net­ball Club ef­forts to pro­vide first-rate sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for women and girls in the Wim­mera.

Dim­boola club pres­i­dent Justin Ward said de­vel­op­ments at the re­serve were the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween state and lo­cal govern­ments and club vol­un­teers.

“It means so much for the club now in re­gard to the re­ten­tion of play­ers, um­pires, mem­bers who can hang around af­ter a game for the whole club to en­joy. It’s just been tremen­dous,” he said.

Mr Ward said the club and broader com­mu­nity were proud of the what the re­serve of­fered for Dim­boola.

“It is so much more than just foot­ball and net­ball. We have the hu­man-pow­ered ve­hi­cles rac­ing here, we have the Dim­boola Re­gatta, and an in­ter­na­tional ski­ing com­pe­ti­tion – it’s a great precinct,” he said.

He added that the next project would be to ex­tend food and en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

“We just want to take it to the next level so when peo­ple come they can feel wel­come, not only by club mem­bers but by the fa­cil­i­ties. There are al­ways things in the pipe­line,” he said.

Mr Pakula told guests at a pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing his visit that clubs such as Dim­boola played a key role in coun­try ar­eas.

“We’re proud to have sup­ported the build­ing of fa­cil­i­ties that give an equal foot­ing to women and girls who want to play sport,” he said.

“The pav­il­ion is also avail­able for school use and events, mak­ing the club even more cen­tral to the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Pakula said skate fa­cil­i­ties at Jaypex Park in Nhill were also a mas­sive boost to the town’s skaters and BMX rid­ers who now had ‘a cut­ting-edge course for ca­sual fun and a fa­cil­ity ca­pa­ble of stag­ing com­pe­ti­tions’.

Mem­ber for Lowan Emma Kealy con­grat­u­lated Nhill and Dim­boola com­mu­ni­ties and Hind­marsh Shire Coun­cil on their strong ad­vo­cacy in se­cur­ing fund­ing for the projects.

She said it had been a fan­tas­tic ef­fort, adding that it was dis­ap­point­ing Mr Pakula had missed an op­por­tu­nity to visit Nhill to see the skate park first hand.

“I know there are mem­bers of the Nhill com­mu­nity who would have loved the op­por­tu­nity to also show the min­is­ter the grand­stand and need for re­fur­bish­ment of clu­b­rooms at Davis Park,” she said.

“Per­son­ally I can’t wait to at­tend the first Vic­to­rian Skate Park League com­pe­ti­tion at the skate park to­mor­row to cel­e­brate the open­ing of this fan­tas­tic new fa­cil­ity with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Who knows, I might even get my skates on my­self.”

ON THE BALL: Mar­tin Pakula and Ron Is­may with Dim­boola net­ballers Tara Petschel, Brook Ward, Te­hya Clarke, Rochelle Krahe, Tilli Men­zel, Paige Glover and Iso­belle Schor­back at the open­ing of Dim­boola’s new net­ball rooms. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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