Media Release

03 November 2018

Guy: Kick starting sport in Kingston

Saturday 3 November 2018

Kick starting sport in Kingston

Daniel Andrews and Labor have lost control of population growth and have neglected to properly plan for regional sporting precincts in Melbourne’s southern region.

That is why an elected Liberal Nationals government will invest $10 million towards the staged development of a multi-hectare regional sporting precinct within the Kingston Green Wedge.

With co-investment from the Federal Government and the City of Kingston, it is expected the first facilities will be ready to play on within the first term of government.

Today, Melbourne’s southern region has a severe lack of sporting facilities for both junior and senior sport. There is also the need to cater for the great increase in female engagement with sports such as soccer, football, netball, hockey and baseball in addition to the projected doubling of Melbourne’s population over the next three decades.

Sporting leagues and organisations representing tens of thousands of registered players will benefit from this new sporting precinct, including the Victorian Amateur Football Association, Southern Football Netball League, South Metro Junior Football League, Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League, Netball Australia, Football Federation Victoria, Cricket Australia, Baseball Victoria and Hockey Victoria.

This announcement builds on the Liberal Nationals’ commitment to introduce a $195 million Grassroots Sport Revival Fund which will deliver the funding for local sport that our clubs and volunteers need to get back in control of their stretched resources.

This precinct will also become one of Melbourne’s great parkland spaces by retaining open spaces for passive recreational use. Vegetation plantings will be guided by world-leading experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens. Special emphasis will be placed on prominently incorporating the region’s own unique native flora.

Victoria’s population is growing at around 150,000 people a year and the Andrews Labor Government have failed to properly plan for that growth.

Given the recognised importance of sport to both the physical and mental well-being, this situation is unacceptable. The development of this regional precinct will help ensure that every one has the opportunity to participate in a sport of their choice, and that Melbourne’s status as the sporting capital of the world is future-proofed.

The Liberal Nationals will continue to invest in grassroots sport and get ahead of funding sporting infrastructure.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy:

“Only a Liberal Nationals Government will fund grassroots sport and provide the southern region of Melbourne with a regional sporting precinct.

With Victoria’s growing population, we must get back in control of sports infrastructure funding and ensure everyone has access to great sporting facilities.

If it’s a choice between handing over millions of taxpayers’ dollars to the AFL or spending that money on suburban and country sports clubs, I will choose community sports every single time.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Mordialloc, Geoff Gledhill:

“Today’s announcement recognises the need to preserve open space for active and passive recreation for the future, particularly our children’s future.

A growing population, together with increased participation rates across all sporting codes, both male and female, means that governments can’t just talk about what should happen, they need to do something about it.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Sandringham, Brad Rowswell:

“Local families are feeling the squeeze of the Andrews Labor Government’s new ‘plan’ for Melbourne, which will force even more inappropriate development into Bayside and Kingston.

This visionary policy will provide a much needed regional sporting precinct and recreational space for local residents.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Bentleigh, Asher Judah:

“I played soccer as a kid in East Bentleigh and I am delighted to be building better facilities for the next generation.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Carrum, Donna Bauer:

“This announcement will mean so much for grassroots sport in the south east, including encouraging female and mixed sporting teams.”