The new outdoor cricket training facility was officially opened at Linton Recreation Reserve today.
Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle MP and Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Gavin Gamble were joined by Kirk McDonald, President of the Linton Cricket Club, to officially open the Linton Cricket Net Upgrade.
The project delivered the installation of an outdoor training net facility consisting of three synthetic bays. The new infrastructure will create more opportunities for female and beginner participation at Linton Cricket Club and provide increased training capacity and non-structured training opportunities for the Linton community.
The $202,550 initiative was a partnership project, with the Victorian Government contributing $100,000 from its Community Cricket Program and Council investing $72,500, alongside a $30,000 grant from the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund.
The Linton Cricket Net Upgrade follows the completion of a number of cricket infrastructure projects completed recently across Golden Plains, including new cricket nets in Lethbridge and the installation of new hard wickets in Shelford, Bannockburn and Ross Creek.
Quotes attributable to Michaela Settle MP, Member for Buninyong
State-of-the-art sporting and recreation facilities help build stronger, healthier and happier communities – from meeting the needs of today’s players to encouraging future players into the sport.
The new cricket nets will go a long way to inspiring even more Linton locals to join their local cricket club that boasts a fast-growing women and girls’ teams.
Quotes attributable to Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Gavin Gamble
The new cricket nets provide the Linton community with a safe training facility and make it easier for cricketers at all skill levels to participate. The upgrade will help the growing Linton Cricket Club continue to increase their junior participation and attract more female participants.
Cricket is a popular summertime sport for many residents in Golden Plains and Council is pleased to be supporting its growth in our local communities through improved infrastructure. This upgrade will make it easier for local boys, girls, men and women to stay active and connected by participating in cricket.
Quote attributable to Kirk McDonald, President of Lethbridge Cricket Club
The new facilities are fantastic for us and will make a huge difference to our club, and our junior cricket program, in particular through the provision of safer and more accessible infrastructure.
Pictured above: Mayor Cr Gavin Gamble, Michaela Settle MP, Kirk McDonald and Lethbridge Cricket Club junior members Hunter, Geordie and Rory.