Funding boost for minor recreation reserves

Published on 06 December 2017

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Minor recreation reserves across Moyne Shire will benefit from a funding increase in the next financial year to help with maintenance and upkeep.

Councillors voted last week to boost the funding pool for the small-scale sporting facilities by $15,000 in 2018/19.

This will take the allocation from $55,000 per annum to $70,000 per annum.

Management committees responsible for the recreation reserves will now get $350 for tennis and netball courts, $2500 for cricket-only ovals, $3500 for football-only ovals, $5000 for ovals used for both football and cricket, and $1000 for riding arenas and speedways.

The new 2018/2019 payment plan means all recreation reserves will receive more funding for upkeep and maintenance than they did in the 2016/17 financial year.

The beneficiaries include sporting facilities in Broadwater, Caramut, Darlington, Garvoc, Hawkesdale, Hexham, Illowa, Killarney, Macarthur, Mailors Flat, Minhamite, Nirranda, Orford, Panmure, Peterborough, Purnim, Port Fairy, Tarrone, The Sisters, Wangoom, Willatook, Winslow, Woolsthorpe, Woorndoo, and Yambuk.

It will help with the upkeep of facilities for tennis, football, netball, motor sport, equestrian, and cricket.

Moyne Shire mayor Mick Wolfe said the local committees did a great job of looking after these important sporting facilities, and the council was keen to continue supporting them.

The funding plan does not affect Moyne Shire’s three major recreation reserves Victoria Park (Koroit), DC Farran Oval (Mortlake) and Gardens Oval (Port Fairy).