Baw Baw Shire Council welcomes an $100,000 investment from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to support significant upgrades to the Ellinbank Recreation Reserve Building.
A new pavillion will be built on the reserve that will feature an indoor multi-training facility for football, netball and cricket, player’s and umpires’ change rooms that meet AFL standards, club offices, a medical room and a gym.
Minister for Sport, John Eren, recently visited the reserve and said the sole purpose of the investment was to give Ellinbank a safe and modern sporting facility.
“Community sport is the heart and soul of Gippsland”, Mr Eren said.
“We’re upgrading grassroots facilities to give families the facilities they deserve and clubs a home they can be proud of.”
“New facilities at Ellinbank and Bunyip will mean no more getting changed in car parks or on the side of the netball courts.”
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Joe Gauci welcomes the Victorian Government’s support of the project and dedication to improving sports and recreation for communities across the region.
“On behalf of Baw Baw Shire Council I would like to thank Minister for Sport John Eren for the Victorian Government’s generous support of this project and for your commitment to sport and recreation throughout our region as a whole”, Cr Gauci said.
“We are pleased to work together with each of the user groups and the Victorian Government to deliver this project, which encourages participation irrespective of age and gender and demonstrates the importance of working together to deliver important grass roots infrastructure.”
The Mayor said the project will set the reserve up for the future, allowing it to meet safe playing standards and increase access for everyone who plays sport as part of a team or recreationally.
“With no township for Ellinbank the recreational facility and community club rooms are a focal point for community functions and social events”, Cr Gauci said.
“This project will help to future proof this facility and allow it to cater for the diverse range of groups who make use of this reserve at all times of the year.”