Media Release

22 October 2018

O’Brien: Major pavilion extension for Pakenham Junior Football Club

Monday 22 October 2018

Major pavilion extension for Pakenham Junior Football Club

Out of control population growth in our suburbs is placing enormous pressure on our local sporting clubs.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will get back in control of population growth and commit $500,000 towards grassroots sports at Pakenham Junior Football Club.

Alongside a commitment from the Cardinia Shire Council, this funding will enable the Club to progress the $3.6 million pavilion extension, increasing capacity for participation and providing new amenities for female and junior players.

The Club has more than 840 current players, and this number is likely to grow to more than 1,000 with the sustained population growth in and around Pakenham.

Players will benefit from new universal access amenities for both junior and female participants, increased capacity for participation by members of the local community and access to modern and attractive facilities for visitors and officials.

These new facilities will create a state of the art environment for grassroots sports in the Pakenham area and provide more opportunities to ensure local sporting clubs can keep up with population growth.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Sport, Danny O’Brien:

“The Andrews Labor Government has lost control of population growth and our grassroots sporting clubs are all suffering because of it.

Brian Paynter has been doing extensive work in the local community to support the growth in grassroots sport and has advocated strongly for this funding.

Only the Liberal Nationals have a comprehensive plan to get back in control of population growth and support our local sporting clubs.”

Comments attributable to Member for Bass, Brian Paynter:

“Unlike the Andrews Labor Government who handballed $225 million to the AFL, a Liberal Nationals Government will never neglect and forget about grassroots sporting clubs.

I have fond memories of playing in the Pakenham Junior Football Club, and have worked with the Club on this project for a number of years.

It is so rewarding to help achieve this funding to see it become a more welcoming place for players, officials and spectators.”