LOCAL federal MP Russell Broadbent has welcomed the grant approval of $189,827 for stage two of the redevelopment of the Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club’s facilities.
The grant is part of the Commonwealth Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Program.
Mr Broadbent said the funding will go towards the installation of safety nets behind the goal posts on the football field, replacement of the boundary fence perimeter, replacement of the existing coaches’ boxes and the installation of unisex shower and toilet facilities for all age players, umpires and coaches.
Over the past 24 months the club’s committee has been working on the re-development and are thrilled with their progress so far.
Gail Ward, the administrative committee member and grant writer for the club, last Friday spoke of all the hard work that has gone into the planning of this re-development.
“All the hard work is paying off and we are so grateful for the support,” said Gail.
Mr Broadbent reviewed the masterplan for stage two and welcomed the required changes for the ground to be one step closer to holding finals.
Club president Peter Liddle spoke of the level of infrastructure and growth the club needs to hold finals and mentioned that they are now closer than ever.
“Unfortunately, in the current state of the infrastructure and the grounds we are unable to play finals at home,” said Peter.
DB Design’s Darren Brown, who has worked carefully on the project, said: “We will now see placement of the safety nets as close as July this year. “The remaining of the construction will then take place after the season has finished and we plan to be ready for next year,” said Darren.
Darren and the club have worked on all stages of this project over the last 24 months and they are looking forward to implementing their stage 2 plan, thanks to the grant.
Vice president Kris Baker said the club currently welcomes 200 footballers and roughly 150 netballers.
“We can see up to 90 people at a time in training, the re-development of unisex changerooms is just a step in the right direction for our female players,” said Kris.
Mr Broadbent said improving local sporting facilities is an investment in keeping locals in sport and staying active.
“I am committed to continuing to improve and upgrade our local facilities for future generations to enjoy,” said Mr Broadbent.