Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, is encouraging all local cricket clubs hoping for facility upgrades to have a crack at the latest round of funding to cover those needs.
Mr Walsh said applications are now open for the next round of the Community Cricket Program that will provide opportunities for grass root cricket clubs to share in $13.5 million to develop and upgrade cricket facilities across Victoria.
He said the money is there to be allocated and clubs simply need to put together a case and send it in.
“The Community Cricket Program provides a range of grant opportunities for local clubs – and councils – to develop or redevelop local cricket infrastructure,” Mr Walsh explained.
“Sport and Recreation Victoria will provide matching funding of $2 for every $1 provided by the successful clubs in regional and rural Victoria,” he said.
“Funding can be sought to improve or redevelop existing cricket infrastructure including training nets and wickets, ageing clubroom facilities and upgrades to improve changerooms accessibility.”
Mr Walsh said in his travels around his electorate he has become aware of a number of cricket facilities that could do with a facelift.
He said improving playing facilities also supports player retention and increases both participation and enjoyment of the sport.
“Local cricket clubs have had little opportunity and means for the past two years to raise the necessary funds to improve club facilities to meet the need of the expanding community,” Mr Walsh added.
“Murray Plains has a proud history of producing several elite and first grade cricket talent and it is due to the selfless dedication and commitment towards grassroot participation that ensures strong participation in our region,” he said.
For more information about the Community Cricket Program including how to apply visit sport.vic.gov.au. Applications close on April 11.