Families in Drysdale will be able to rely on great local sporting facilities, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver $5 million towards Stage Two of the Drysdale Sports Precinct upgrade.

Before the 2014 election, Labor committed $3.5 million to Stage One of the project, which saw construction of a new oval, a multipurpose field, cricket practice pitches, a relocatable pavilion and lighting installation.

With this work completed in early 2018 – and local sporting groups including the Drysdale Hawks Football Club, the Drysdale Cricket Club and the Drysdale Soccer Club already benefitting – a re-elected Labor Government will kickstart the next stage of much-needed upgrades.

Stage Two will see the creation of three rectangular playing fields located alongside a new multi-use pavilion, brand new play spaces and cricket training nets, better water storage and improvements to the access roads, car park and pathways.

Drysdale boasts an impressive and growing participation in sports, but because of a shortage of facilities under the previous Liberal Government, some clubs had been forced to train in local school sports halls.

Not only will this project benefit these local sporting organisations, it will also provide a place for local families to share and enjoy.

With these further upgrades from a re-elected Labor Government, local clubs – and this local community – will have the great local facilities they deserve.

The commitment builds on the Andrews Labor Government’s investments in community sport – the biggest in Victoria’s history – including $180 million for the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to upgrade grassroots facilities.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Having grown up in a small regional town, I know just how much the local footy and cricket club matters. With this funding, we’re not just backing stronger local sporting clubs – we’re backing a stronger local community.”

“We funded the first stage of this fantastic project, but we know there’s more to do.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“I was pleased to work in close partnership with the clubs in delivering  Stage One of the precinct – and I am now pleased that our plans for Stage 2 will be delivered by a re elected Andrews Government.

 “Whether it’s the Drysdale Hawks or the soccer Miniroos on a Sunday morning, we want to make sure this community has the sporting facilities it needs.”