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Big win for Grassroots sport in Albert Park

More locals will soon be kicking goals, thanks to an expansion of the pavilion redevelopment at JL Murphy Reserve in Port Melbourne.

Victorian Member for Albert Park Martin Foley today announced that JL Murphy Reserve was a winner under the Victorian Budget 2017/18, with an additional $538,000 allocated towards the redevelopment.

The additional funding will support a previous commitment made by the Andrews Labor Government, and will expand the redevelopment to include an additional community multi-purpose space and undercover area.

We know grassroots clubs are the heart of our community, and we’re giving more locals in Albert Park the safe, modern and inclusive facilities they deserve.

Mr Foley called on the City of Port Phillip to consider matching the increase funding to the proposal to help future proof the sports pavilion owned by Council. In addition, he urged the Council to consider a new model to co-manage the renewed pavilion with community clubs.

Our Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is making a real difference on the ground, and the Budget includes an extra $10 million boost to give more local clubs the facilities they need to grow and attract more members than ever before.

The Fund is upgrading tired sports grounds and ageing clubrooms across the state for all Victorians.

It includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to get ready for the big game.

This is one of the biggest ever investments in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government.

Quotes attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley

“This exciting project at JL Murphy Reserve will build facilities that clubs can be proud of, while opening more doors for locals to get fit and healthy.”

“The Andrews Labor Government believes every player deserves equal access to equal facilities – and that’s exactly what we’re delivering in Albert Park”

“Women deserve the same opportunities as men and with record numbers of women and girls signing up to play local sport, we’re making sure our facilities are up to scratch.”