Victoria Minister for Sport John Eren
Heidelberg Sports Set To Soar Under Brighter Lights
Victor P Taffa
Heidelberg West Hawks football and cricket clubs and the Heidelberg Tigers Junior Football Club will soon be showcasing their skills under brighter lights thanks to $150,000 from the Andrews Government.
Minister for Sport John Eren today joined club members at Heidelberg Park to announce the Community sports Infrastructure Fund grant will go towards new lighting at the popular sports hub.
“Sport clubs like the Hawks and Tigers are the lifeblood of their communities, that’s why we’re delivering the facilities they deserve.” Minister for Sport John Eren said.
“Growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women are signing up to play Aussie rules footy at local clubs, however many clubs like the Hawks and Tigers are struggling with inadequate facilities. We’re changing that.”
Current dim lights have meant shorter training times, overuse of certain sections of the ground and less opportunity for the clubs’ male and female teams to utilise the whole ground safely, especially during twilight training.
Once complete, the new brighter LED lights will provide more reach across the oval and ground time for teams to train and play.
This project is one of over 90 to score a boost from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund that recently received a $60 Million boost in the Victorian Budget 2018/19.
“Congratulations to the Heidelberg West Hawks and the Heidelberg Tigers this boost will go a long way to supporting the growing number of people in Heidelberg keen to get involved in local sport and recreation.” Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines said.
“These clubs are institutions of the local area, and we want to ensure they have the facilities necessary to keep growing and supporting the local community.”
Across Victoria the State Government has invested more than $420 Million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year we provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget to support sport and active recreation at all levels.
Minister Eren acknowledged the Banyule City Council for its commitment to the project and $150,000 contribution.