The Bannockburn Soccer Facility Upgrade was officially opened on Sunday 15 May, delivered to support increased recreational and community options in the south of Golden Plains Shire.
Senator for Victoria the Hon. Sarah Henderson and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens MP were joined by Golden Plains Soccer Club President Anthony Vanjek and Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Gavin Gamble to officially open the Bannockburn Soccer Facility Upgrade at Milton Street, Bannockburn.
The upgrade included the construction of two new female friendly change rooms, a referee change room, first aid room and storage to service the recently constructed second soccer pitch and support current and future participation in junior and senior soccer in the growing south of Golden Plains Shire. The project also included the installation of sports pitch lighting and perimeter fencing.
The Bannockburn Soccer Facility Upgrade was a partnership project with funding from the Victorian and Australian Governments. The $1,296,534 project was funded by $832,000 from the Australian Government’s Community Grants Program and $464,535 from the Victorian Government’s 2019-20 World Game Facilities Fund.
Quotes attributable to Christine Couzens MP, Member for Geelong
For too long participation in female sport meant getting changed in the back of a car or in inadequate facilities. I’m proud of the Andrews Government’s commitment to female friendly facilities. This upgrade will give all players at the Bannockburn soccer ground, and the Bannockburn community, the facilities they deserve.
Quotes attributable to Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Gavin Gamble
Council is pleased to support the growth of soccer in Golden Plains Shire, especially in female participation, and we thank the Victorian and Australian Governments for their partnership to deliver the Bannockburn Soccer Facility Upgrade.
This upgrade completes Stage Two of the Bannockburn Recreation precinct masterplan, following the construction of the Bannockburn Soccer Pavilion in 2017 and the second pitch in 2019, and provides a purpose-built home for the Golden Plains Soccer Club as it continues to grow with a strong membership of male and female senior and junior players from many towns in the Shire.
The completion of this upgrade will support greater use of the facility by the Eagles and other user groups, and increase participation in sport and active recreation in Golden Plains Shire.
Next on the plans for this popular community facility, Council is seeking funding in the lead up to the Federal and State elections this year to complete the final stage of the Bannockburn Recreation Precinct masterplan, which will deliver a new multi-purpose synthetic junior sports field to accommodate Australian Rules, Little Athletics, hockey, cricket and soccer; cricket practice facility, new pavilion and extension, car park and landscaping works.