Labor Candidate for Williamstown Melissa Horne has hit a hat-trick ahead of the Victorian State Election on November 24, announcing that a re-elected Labor Government would invest $200,000 towards a masterplan and upgrades to Yarraville Oval.
Currently, clubs at Yarraville Oval are bursting at the seams, female competitors have no dedicated facilities and the Yarraville Cricket Club doesn’t have its own training nets, which poses plenty of problems for many parties.
The funding contribution would go towards the construction of new nets at the cricket club and the development of a masterplan for the oval, ensuring its facilities meets the needs for the rise in women and girls’ participation in sports.
The upgraded Yarraville Oval would be used by local sporting clubs, with the Yarraville Cricket Club, Yarraville Seddon Eagles Football Club, Yarraville West Primary School and the local community all to benefit.
Announcing the funding with Maribyrnong Mayor Cuc Lam and Yarraville Cricket Club President Matt Beasley, Melissa Horne said the investment would help create the sporting facilities that clubs and the community deserve.
“For more than a century, the Yarraville Oval has served local clubs and local families. With funding from a re-elected Andrews Labor Government, we’ll make sure this local icon can continue to serve our community for another 100 years,” she said.
It is understood the Labor Government’s investment in grassroots sports totals $420 million, which includes $250,000 towards Digman Reserve in Newport, $650,000 for JT Gray Reserve and nearly $250,000 for new lights at Angliss Reserve in Yarraville.