Council seeking funding for playground, soccer upgrades

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Council will apply to the state government for help funding a redevelopment of the W.G. Little Reserve playground in Portarlington, and a changeroom upgrade at Barwon Soccer Club.

Under the state’s 2019-20 Community Sport Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), Councils can submit applications for a total of $250,000 in funding for up to two projects.

The W.G. Little Reserve playground is in a prominent public location and is highly used, but is in poor condition.

After a review of playgrounds across the region, it has been identified as in urgent need of redevelopment.

It’s proposed the cost of the $400,000 project would be shared between Council ($100,000), the state via the CSIF ($100,000), and the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee ($200,000), who manage the land occupied by the playground.

Barwon Soccer Club is the biggest soccer club in Geelong, with around 380 male and 100 female players.

An upgrade of the club’s change facility would bring it into line with Football Federation Victoria standards, which require two sets of change facilities and gender neutral amenities.

If the grant application is successful, the $499,000 project would be funded by the CSIF ($150,000), Council ($325,000) and the club itself ($24,000).

Council’s financial contribution to both projects would be included in its 2019-20 budget.

At its meeting on 26 June, Council also endorsed the policy for this year’s Community Investment Support Fund, making $6.38 million available for positive projects that will benefit the community.

Grants range across five categories: creative communities (arts and culture), healthy and connected, environment and sustainability, community facility infrastructure, and heritage.

Applications will open in July, with an assessment panel containing three independent members to make recommendations to Council.

Information on how to apply can be found at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/grants.

Acting Mayor Peter Murrihy:
Barwon Soccer Club has grown at a rapid rate, and its changerooms simply can no longer accommodate their large base of players.

Given the significant contribution the club is making to the health and wellbeing of the community, we believe upgrading its facilities would be a worthy investment, and we hope the state government will agree.
Cr Anthony Aitken, Co-Chair, Social and Infrastructure portfolio:
The W.G. Little Reserve playground in Portarlington is at the end of its life and needs to be redeveloped.

This is a playground widely used by children from Portarlington and across the region, meaning an upgrade would have a large positive impact for the local community.

We thank the state for this opportunity to apply for funding, and we hope they’ll see the merits in our application.