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COALITION PLEDGE $500,000 FACELIFT FOR BAIRNSDALE OVA

Stephanie Ryan - Friday, November 26, 2010
The Bairnsdale City Oval will be given a $500,000 facelift if the Coalition wins tomorrow’s election.

Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan made the announcement with Candidate for Gippsland East Tim Bull.

Under the Coalition’s plan, money will be provided from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to install new lighting; renovate facilities for netballers and supporters; and improve the surface of the ground to host AFL practice matches and summer camps.

The new lighting is also expected to allow the ground to host night cricket matches in the Gippsland Cricket League.

“As Bairnsdale returns to the major football league in 2011, there is a clear need for improved facilities to encourage the region’s best young players to aspire to represent the region at the highest level,” Mr Ryan said.

“This funding is intended to also support the Council’s efforts to attract AFL teams to undertake practice matches and community camps in East Gippsland which will have a direct economic benefit for the region.”

Mr Bull said the return to the Gippsland Football League would benefit all young players in the region.

“This is not just about Bairnsdale - it gives all of our best young players an opportunity to play at a higher level and I’m looking forward to helping the club succeed,” Mr Bull said.

“This funding is an investment in the future of our young footballers, netballers and cricketers and we expect the East Gippsland Shire will make a sizeable contribution to the project. The improved lighting will make the ground suitable for night football and cricket matches which will provide flexibility in the fixture to avoid clashes with other local clubs.

“We need to encourage our young people to lead healthy and active lifestyles. As someone who has played a lot of sport over the years, I’m a strong believer in the benefits of team sports and this will go a long way towards supporting sport in our region.

“If I’m elected on Saturday, I will be working hard for all local sporting clubs to deliver a fair share of funding for local facilities.”

COALITION PLEDGE $500,000 FACELIFT FOR BAIRNSDALE OVA

Stephanie Ryan - Friday, November 26, 2010
The Bairnsdale City Oval will be given a $500,000 facelift if the Coalition wins tomorrow’s election.

Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan made the announcement with Candidate for Gippsland East Tim Bull.

Under the Coalition’s plan, money will be provided from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to install new lighting; renovate facilities for netballers and supporters; and improve the surface of the ground to host AFL practice matches and summer camps.

The new lighting is also expected to allow the ground to host night cricket matches in the Gippsland Cricket League.

“As Bairnsdale returns to the major football league in 2011, there is a clear need for improved facilities to encourage the region’s best young players to aspire to represent the region at the highest level,” Mr Ryan said.

“This funding is intended to also support the Council’s efforts to attract AFL teams to undertake practice matches and community camps in East Gippsland which will have a direct economic benefit for the region.”

Mr Bull said the return to the Gippsland Football League would benefit all young players in the region.

“This is not just about Bairnsdale - it gives all of our best young players an opportunity to play at a higher level and I’m looking forward to helping the club succeed,” Mr Bull said.

“This funding is an investment in the future of our young footballers, netballers and cricketers and we expect the East Gippsland Shire will make a sizeable contribution to the project. The improved lighting will make the ground suitable for night football and cricket matches which will provide flexibility in the fixture to avoid clashes with other local clubs.

“We need to encourage our young people to lead healthy and active lifestyles. As someone who has played a lot of sport over the years, I’m a strong believer in the benefits of team sports and this will go a long way towards supporting sport in our region.

“If I’m elected on Saturday, I will be working hard for all local sporting clubs to deliver a fair share of funding for local facilities.”

PETER RYAN TO BLITZ 30 TOWNS IN 30 HOURS

Stephanie Ryan - Thursday, November 25, 2010
Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan will cover the length of Victoria in the final hours of the 2010 State Election in a marathon campaigning blitz visiting 30 towns in 30 hours to drive home the message for change to people in regional cities and country communities across the state.

The 30 towns in 30 hours marathon campaign will kick-off in Traralgon at 12 noon Thursday and continue through until election eve in Ballarat passing through regional and rural towns across the state from Lakes Entrance to Mildura and Red Cliffs to Bendigo.

Mr Ryan said The Nationals had campaigned on a strong policy platform that will deliver regional and rural Victoria its fair share so that local communities can plan for new prosperity, more opportunities and better quality of life.

“I am fiercely passionate and absolutely committed to fighting for a fair share for regional and rural Victoria and I will campaign down to the wire to drive home the message that after 11 years of Labor
government failures, incompetence and waste – Victoria needs a change,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Nationals are the true voice of regional and rural Victoria and as part of a strong Liberal Nationals Coalition Government we will fix the problems created over the past 11 years by John Brumby and build for the future with our fresh vision for Victoria.

“Regional and rural Victoria simply cannot afford another four years of John Brumby and Labor that would see an already old, tired and out of touch government handed 15 years in power.”

Mr Ryan said the Coalition had listened to regional and rural Victoria and developed strong, detailed plans that would deliver a bolder and brighter future for our regions.

“We have led the way on law and order initiatives to make communities safe, committed to improving ambulance services and upgrading regional and rural hospitals, and announced a $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to spearhead a regional resurgence,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Coalition will provide extra training and educational support for regional students, expand natural gas networks, offer better support for local government to ease the burden inflicted by Labor on ratepayers, and upgrade regional roads and bridges that have been neglected by John Brumby.

“I will continue to talk with families, businesses, and community groups during my visit to 30 towns in 30 hours as Victoria readies itself for the State Election,” Mr Ryan said.

TRARALGON TENNIS COMPLEX TO RECEIVE $400,000 COALITION BOOST

Stephanie Ryan - Thursday, November 25, 2010
The Latrobe Valley will be able to retain two prestigious International tennis tournaments following a $400,000 commitment to resurface the Traralgon Tennis Complex by the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition.

Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Leader of the Nationals Peter Ryan, who was joined by The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe, made the pledge in Traralgon as his 30 towns in 30 hours regional campaign blitz began.

“The Coalition’s $400,000 pledge will assist in resurfacing courts at the Traralgon Tennis Courts complex to secure events such as the Latrobe City/Loy Yang Power International Pro Circuit and the International Tennis Federation Junior International tournament,” Mr Ryan said.

“With total resurfacing works costing about $800,000, the Coalition’s commitment will ensure these major tennis events can remain in Traralgon – a privilege currently under threat of being revoked unless the courts are resurfaced.

“The acrylic courts need to be upgraded to plexi-cushion to match the surface of Melbourne Park.”

Mr Northe said the International Pro Tour event had brought some of the biggest names in tennis to the region as players attempted to break into the top 100 world rankings.

“This competition attracts an enormous number of visitors and creates a huge economic boost, with our local hotels booked out and our restaurants and retail outlets receiving a significant increase in
patronage,” Mr Northe said.

“This event is very important to our community and the Coalition’s $400,000 commitment will help ensure Traralgon Tennis Complex can continue to host these prestigious tennis tournaments.

“The Coalition understands the significance of high level sporting opportunities in regional communities and the economic impact this has and it is for this reason we are pledging our support,” Mr Northe said.

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