Getting football and netball facilities up to scratch
Football and netball clubs in the Gippsland East electorate have the ability to apply for State Government funding to update their grounds and facilities.
The Country Football and Netball Program grant can be applied for on clubs’ behalf by their local council, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, has announced.
“This grants stream is an opportunity for clubs to get their grounds up to scratch and also update their facilities such as changerooms so they are safe and provide for local sportspeople,” Mr Bull said.
“Clubs would need to enter an expression of interest into the local council, and the council can then make the application directly to the Department of Health and Human Services,” he said.
“This grants stream comes at a time when the popularity of women’s football is increasing, so the upgrade of changerooms for players and umpires of both genders is a viable option.
“Lighting at netball courts and football grounds is another option for clubs.
“Local sporting club committees work so hard to keep their clubs afloat, but upgrades such as those I have mentioned are often out of reach through club budgets, so this grants stream is ideal.”
Mr Bull said councils had the ability to secure a maximum of $100,000 per financial year in funding, with the program running until 2020.
He said the program would close on December 7, with local clubs and associations encouraged to contact their council regarding arrangements in accepting an expression of interest.
To download an expression of interest form, and for more information, visit http://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/country-football-netball-program.
Caption: Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, with budding soccer stars after East Gippsland United Football Club was successful in obtaining State Government funding for the upgrade of its lights at Howitt Park. Recently-opened grants are now available to local clubs.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Students’ chance to commemorate battle
Schools from the Gippsland East electorate are able to apply for State Government funding to encourage students to attend the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said schools were able to apply for funding packages of up to $1000 to help them cover costs of travelling to the free service and march at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.
“The Vietnam Veterans Day (August 18) service in Melbourne is a great opportunity for students to pay their respects to the veterans who fought so hard for our freedom,” Mr Bull said.
“This funding, covering basics costs of the travel to Melbourne, makes it possible for teachers to educate their children in a way they cannot inside the classroom.”
Mr Bull said about 60,000 Australians fought in the Vietnam War, with 521 paying the ultimate sacrifice.
“2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, where 108 soldiers from D Company 6 RAR resisted an attack of more than 2000 Viet Cong soldiers,” he said.
The Vietnam Veterans Day March will start at the Police Memorial on St Kilda Road, ahead of the service at the Shrine.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016