Barkly Park will get a $350,000 makeover under a Matthew Guy Liberal Nationals Government, says member for Benambra Bill Tilley.
Mr Tilley announced the election commitment at the coin toss for the opening game of the year for the Rutherglen Cats in the local derby with Wahgunyah.
The project was the number one priority for the Indigo Council in the 2015/16 financial year but was only able to attract a portion of the necessary funding.
Barkly Park is home to more than 20 sporting and community groups – in addition to the Rutherglen Footballs and Netball club, it is also home to the AFLW Murray Felines and the Rutherglen Cricket Club which fields the only all women’s side in the North East.
The funding will allow the Committee of Management to create a modern multi-function centre including floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the ground, a user-friendly kitchen and catering facilities and add a viewing deck for extra function and fundraising space to the building. All Barkly Park facilities are available for community use 365 days per year and this new facility will attract many diverse organisations and family groups.
Comments attributable to Mr Tilley;
“We have been working on this project for several years and the Barkly Park Committee of Management has put a lot of hard work and fundraising into making this happen.
“We have seen in the past 1500 people here at games, there are so many community groups that use the facilities and it is a hub for celebrations – it really is a gathering place for Rutherglen.
“This funding will complement the onfield success and lead to an even stronger community.”
Comments attributable to Graham Steed, Barkly Park Committee of Management;
“This commitment by the Victorian Liberal- National coalition is a massive boost for the people of Rutherglen, its many sports teams and the families, schools, community clubs and businesses that are desperate for comfortable and functioning meeting and function spaces.
“The new Barkly Park facility will help Rutherglen grow junior and female sports participation: an area that we have demonstrated leadership.
“It will help retain these young people through a lifetime participation in sport and will be an attractive place for families to spend time at sports.
“This commitment by the Liberal Nationals is testament to the patience, hard work and generosity of the Rutherglen people who have donated $75,000 in cash and countless hours of donated labour and skills to contribute to the overall improvement of this sports headquarters.”
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