Media Release

24 October 2018

Wakeling: Liberal Nationals backing sport in Wattle Park

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Liberal Nationals backing sport in Wattle Park

As our population grows, the Liberal Nationals have a plan to get ahead of grassroots sport infrastructure.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will contribute $1.2 million towards the redevelopment of facilities at Wattle Park in Burwood, as a part of the $195 million Liberal Nationals’ 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.

Daniel Andrews has allowed population growth get out of control, putting more pressure on local sporting clubs, leaving them to relying on fundraising efforts to build vital infrastructure like change rooms.

Surrey Park Junior Football Club has 20 teams, growing consistently for several years, with the addition of a girl’s football program, including 5 girl’s teams.

The expansion of the club has come despite a complete lack of investment into female-friendly facilities, with only one ground that can be used for training during the winter season.

The installation of female-friendly change rooms will cater to the increase in female participation and improved facilities will encourage wider community participation.

The Surrey Hills Cricket Club which has 18 teams have been using this ground for years with substandard facilities.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for the Environment, Nick Wakeling:

“Graham Watt has been doing extensive work in the local community to support the growth at Wattle Park and has advocated strongly for this funding.

Daniel Andrews’ priority of building a ballroom at Etihad stadium is all wrong. A Liberal Nationals Government will get ahead of population growth and ensure there is enough funding for increased participation in grassroots sport.”

Comments attributable to Member for Burwood, Graham Watt:

“Surrey Hills Cricket Club has made a huge contribution to the grounds at Wattle Park over the past 20 years.

These upgrades will give our local sporting clubs, such as the Surrey Park Junior Football Club, the facilities they need to get more people, more active more often.”