Council applies for nearly $16 million in sports and recreation infrastructure funding

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The City of Greater Geelong will submit funding applications for a range of pavilions and female friendly facilities, sports lighting and play space projects under the 2020 Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) Community Sport Stimulus Infrastructure Program.

On 1 June 2020, the state government announced $68 million in funding for the delivery of sport and recreation related projects. Each council can make three applications, requesting up to $10 million for each application.

Within a tight timeframe, the Council has chosen the following projects, worth a total of $15.96 million, that aim to boost areas of disadvantage and/or build the capacity of facilities to cater for more young people and women in sport:

Pavilion and Female Friendly Facilities, totalling $9.8 million at:

  • Leopold Tennis pavilion
  • Ocean Grove Golf Clubhouse
  • Shell Reserve, Corio
  • Anakie Football and Netball Club and
  • Wallington Reserve.

Sports Lighting, totalling $2.5 million at:

  • St Albans Recreation Reserve in Thomson
  • Osborne Park in North Geelong
  • Evans Reserve in Norlane
  • St Leonards Reserve
  • Grinter Reserve in Newcomb
  • Winter Reserve in Belmont and
  • Burdoo Reserve in Grovedale.

Play spaces, totalling $3.66 million at:

  • St Helens Park in North Geelong
  • Waurn Ponds Skate Park
  • Aldershot Reserve in St Albans Park and
  • St Leonards Skate Park.

The program’s criteria includes the need for projects to be ‘shovel ready’ within six months, have concept plans and costings and that some form of community consultation has been carried out.

Council has also committed to fund 10 percent of any successful project from within the 2020-2021 Budget. If all submitted projects are approved, council would contribute $1.59 million in total.

The submitted projects align closely with the values in the recently released Draft 2020 Social Infrastructure Plan.

Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

I thank the state government for this funding opportunity, as this program has the ability to provide a real boost to the Greater Geelong community during the pandemic.

The list we’ve put together has a strong focus on encouraging more women and young people to get involved in sport and on areas that would really benefit from improved facilities.

Councillor Ron Nelson - Chair, Sport and Recreation portfolio

Despite the tight deadline, council’s come up with a fantastic list of shovel-ready projects for funding consideration, which will get more people working in Greater Geelong, increase our cashflow and increase liveability for the municipality.

If these projects are successful in receiving funding, the community will enjoy many health and wellbeing benefits for generations to come.

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