Media Release

21 October 2018

O’Brien: Liberal Nationals to upgrade Haddon Stadium

Sunday 21 October 2018

Liberal Nationals to upgrade Haddon Stadium

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth and it’s hurting local community sporting clubs which are struggling to keep up.

Victoria’s population is growing at around 150,000 people a year, but over 15 years of Labor Governments there hasn’t been the matching investment in local community sports.

As a result, suburban and country sport clubs facilities are rundown and stretched.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will contribute $125,000 towards upgrading the floor at Haddon Stadium as a part of the $195 million on the 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.

The stadium is currently used by a number of sporting and community groups, as well as for the physical education program at Haddon Primary School.

Venues like Haddon Stadium connect our suburbs and towns, giving families the chance to socialise and give kids the experiences that stay with them for life.

With Victoria’s growing population, it’s important that every person in our state has access to sporting facilities. The Liberal Nationals stand up for all Victorians, unlike the city-centric Andrews Labor Government.

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

“Andrew Kilmartin understands the importance of local sporting facilities.

“Unlike Daniel Andrews who has decided to give a massive $225 million of taxpayers’ money to the AFL to upgrade Etihad Stadium, the Liberal Nationals will prioritise funding to local sports clubs to help local kids stay active and healthy.”

Comments attributable to Candidate for Buninyong, Andrew Kilmartin:

“I grew up in Haddon and have fond memories of playing sport and attending community functions in a space that looks the same now as it did back then.

“Haddon is a growing community and that has been highlighted by the added strain on local sporting facilities.

“Upgrading Haddon Stadium will mean more kids and local community groups will have access to the facilities they deserve.”

Media contact:      Jemma Townson     0438 534 111          jemma.townson@opposition.vic.gov.au