Federal Labor promises $2m for sport

THE apparent renewal of a promised $2 million in funding for the upgrading of sports facilities in the region has been welcomed by the Derwent Valley Council.

In a statement issued this afternoon, council communications officer Daniel Cheetham said the Australian Labor Party had committed to funding the redevelopment of sporting and recreational facilities in the Derwent Valley if elected to government in this year’s Federal Election.

In 2016 it was announced that a federal Labor Government would invest $2 million for the first stage of a Derwent Valley Sporting Precinct at the Boyer Oval at New Norfolk, including a new amenities pavilion with AFL-size changerooms and undercover seating, as well as a new grandstand capable of seating 350-500 people.

The council’s statement today said that Labor’s regional services spokesman, Stephen Jones MHR, had visited New Norfolk this morning to announce that a Bill Shorten Labor Government would fund $2 million for the redevelopment of sporting and recreation facilities in the Derwent Valley.

In the statement, Mr Cheetham quoted the Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell, saying that the  redevelopment was an important project for the many sports and community groups that use local facilities.

Mr Cheetham said Jamie Hill of the New Norfolk Cricket Club had said the funding would help to grow women’s sport in the Derwent Valley, with new “gender-friendly” facilities helping to strengthen the club’s membership in general. A new function area would improve comfort levels for players and spectators and help the club to raise money for future projects.

No detail was provided about the specifics of the project or whether it was the same as the 2016 plan.

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