Golden Plains Shire Council welcomes the news that the Rokewood Recreation Reserve Netball and Tennis Court Upgrade and Golden Plains Shire Tracks and Trails Strategy projects have secured funding from the Victorian Government.
Announced by Minister for Community Sport, the Hon. Ros Spence last month, Council will receive $463,666 for the two projects from the Victorian Government’s 2022 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.
The Rokewood Recreation Reserve Netball and Tennis Court Upgrade project includes the reconstruction of two new netball and tennis courts with lighting, as well as the installation of new fencing, undercover benches for players, coaches and timekeepers, and an extension of the current shelter to increase storage. The project will support users of the reserve and address issues related to the current court’s proximity to the adjacent creek. The $650,000 project has received $433,666 from the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund’s Female Friendly Facilities category. In addition, Council will contribute $216,334 to complete the funding for this partnership project.
The $60,000 Golden Plains Shire Tracks and Trails Strategy project will see the development of a strategy to identify current and future track and trail opportunities and requirements across Golden Plains Shire. The strategy will provide strategic direction for future advocacy and investment in a trail network to encourage safe, active transport. Council has secured $30,000 from the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund’s Planning category, which will be matched by $30,000 from Council to complete the project.
Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Gavin Gamble says the funding will make the two projects a reality and thanks the Victorian Government for its significant contribution.
“Council welcomes the exciting news that the Rokewood Recreation Reserve Netball and Tennis Court Upgrade and Golden Plains Shire Tracks and Trails Strategy projects will be delivered. The State Government has invested significant funding which will partner with money from Council to make these projects a reality.
“The upgrade of the netball and tennis courts at Rokewood Recreation Reserve will provide a safer, more comfortable facility to support female participation. The new courts will complement the recently announced $3.96 million Rokewood Community Hub project and see Rokewood Recreation Reserve become a truly first-class sporting facility for all users.
“We are pleased funding has been secured for the development of the Golden Plains Shire Tracks and Trails Strategy project, which will guide Council’s future advocacy and investment in a trail network and help to increase active transport in Golden Plains.”