Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan unveiled new oval lighting at the Foster Recreation Reserve during Saturday nights Alberton Football League round 18 clash between Foster and Stony Creek.
Representing Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty, Mr Ryan said the new lighting would benefit both the Foster Tigers Football Club and the wider Foster community.
“This project will ensure sports based here at the Foster Recreation Reserve can cater for the growing number of community members keen to play and train on the oval day and night,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Foster Tigers will now be able to host hugely-popular night matches and train at night under proper match conditions.
“The new lights will also have benefits for the community outside of sport, especially for nearby South Gippsland Hospital which can now use the oval as a helipad 24-hours-a-day for emergency medical transfers.”
Mr Ryan said the total project cost was $160,000, with the Victorian Coalition Government contributing $60,000 from the Country Football and Netball Program.
“Local facilities like these play an important role in bringing people together, which is why we’re proud to invest in facilities that encourage even more residents to come together, boost their health, develop their skills, and join in the fun,” Mr Ryan said.
“I’d like to thank the South Gippsland Shire Council for its contribution of $25,000 towards the project, Bendigo Bank and Esso Australia for putting in $5,000 each, as well as the Foster Football Club for contributing $65,000, which includes $40,000 of in-kind support.
“This project was a result of listening to local people and working collaboratively with all of our project partners.”
For more information about community sporting facility funding programs on offer, please visit www.sport.vic.gov.au.
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