Building Better Regions win for Winchelsea netballers

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Winchelsea netballers will be able to grow the sport and host larger tournaments after gaining Federal Government funding for a new Eastern Reserve pavilion.

Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash joined Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson announcing a $200,000 Building Better Regions Fund allocation for the project.

The funding will be combined with $259,000 from Surf Coast Shire, $25,000 from Winchelsea Football Netball Club and $25,000 from Eastern Reserve Committee of Management, totalling $509,000.

Ms Henderson said the new pavilion will include change rooms, public amenities, an office, storage space and a first aid room.

“The pavilion will feature a spectator social space with bi-folding walls between all rooms and an enhanced spectator viewing area,” she said.

“Once complete, the new facilities will help local clubs host larger more competitive competitions, including inter-regional carnivals attracting new players and greater sports tourism opportunities for our region.”

Senator Nash said the funding would have widespread positive impact.

“The new pavilion will benefit local netball clubs, boost spectator attendance, increase membership and encourage participation in the sport,” Ms Nash said.

“This project beat hundreds of others, there were more than 500 applications for infrastructure in this round of the Building Better Regions Fund.

“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing community sporting facilities does just that."

She said the selection was based on a competitive, merit-based process.

“There are always those who were not successful and are naturally disappointed,” Ms Nash said.

“We know this and we’ve got dedicated staff in the Department of Industry to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for next time.”

People can email bbrffeedback@industry.gov.au for feedback or learn more about the fund at www.business.gov.au/bbrf

Source: A joint media release by Senator Fiona Nash and Sarah Henderson.

Pictured: Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, left, and Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash with Winchelsea netballers. Picture: Sarah Henderson.