Flowerdale Cricket Club Blooms Again

Flowerdale Cricket Club Blooms Again

Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty

Flowerdale Cricket Club Batting Up Once Again

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty, today announced the opening of the new Flowerdale Cricket Club.

While officially opening the club and oval on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan, Minister Delahunty said this was one of Flowerdale’s most important recovery projects.

“Today is an important day for the Flowerdale community as they continue their recovery from the devastating bushfires that hit the town in 2009.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“In the aftermath of the bushfires, Flowerdale surrendered its cricket oval to make way for the temporary village which was constructed to house those who lost their homes during the fires.

 

“This was a magnanimous gesture on behalf of the cricket club and it meant that members had to travel a 110-kilometre round-trip to play and practise each week.” Mr. Delahunty said

After the closure of the temporary village, the cricket oval required regrading and resurfacing, a subsurface drainage system and the installation of a sprinkler system drawing on underground tank water.

The $667,000 project also provided for lighting over the cricket nets, the laying of a new cricket pitch, seating, fencing, a scoreboard and extensions to the current storage facility.

The Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund provided $388,490 towards the project and the Victorian Government provided $278,119.

Mr. Delahunty said that bushfire reconstruction and recovery has been a whole-of-government effort with initiatives created through respective government agencies and local councils.

“The Victorian Government has made a commitment to continue to support community priorities and changing needs of communities and individuals impacted by the 2009 bushfires.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“We also encourage bushfire-affected communities to create and implement their own vision for the future.”

“Sport and recreation play an important role in the recovery process from disasters and the reopening of the cricket club provides an outlet for community interaction and fun, especially for youth.” Mr. Delahunty said.