Sports grants kicking on

By Jessica Micallef

Football and netball clubs in the Macedon Ranges are being encouraged to partner with the council to apply for the next round of Country Football and Netball Program grants.

The program helps to replace and upgrade ageing facilities for football and netball clubs across rural, regional and outer metropolitan Victoria.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available to go towards ground resurfacing, new lights, new netball courts and pavilions with accessible female changerooms.

Since its launch in 2005, the Country Football and Netball Program has supported the revamp of sport facilities in Woodend, Riddells Creek and Kyneton.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said the grants were a great way for clubs to enhance their facilities.

“Funding boosts like these go a long way towards helping our local clubs cater for the growing numbers keen to be involved in local sport, from junior girls to senior men, and people off all abilities who want to play, coach and volunteer to support their club,” she said.

“This funding continues our record investment in upgrading local clubs and facilities, and making sure that they are accessible, fit for purpose and the heart of our communities for training, competition, gatherings and celebrations.”

Applications are open until June 3.

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