Drysdale is a step closer to getting the safe, modern sports facilities the community deserves.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville turned the first sod to mark construction of the Drysdale Sports Precinct, a $3.5 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund project by the Andrews Labor Government.

Drysdale loves its sport, and clubs like the Drysdale Soccer Club, Drysdale Football Netball Club and Drysdale Cricket Club are growing at rapid rates. They deserve a first-class precinct.

We’re building a football and cricket ground, new multi-purpose fields for soccer and other sporting codes, and added space for community events. Lighting, cricket nets, car parking and a relocatable pavilion is also planned. A permanent pavilion is slated for stage two of the development.

Victoria is the sporting state, but it doesn’t happen by chance. Our $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping communities all over the state update their grassroots facilities and build the great venues Victorians deserve.

The Labor Government’s 2016-17 Victorian Budget includes a $22 million fund for new indoor stadiums and an $8 million boost to the Country Football Netball Program.

The Drysdale Sports Precinct is being funded in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong.

Ms Neville said, “The Drysdale Sports Precinct is going to be a superb facility that footballers, cricketers, netballers and soccer players can be truly proud of.”

“Our local clubs are continuing to attract new members who want to get amongst grassroots sport. This new facility will help cater for growing demand”, Ms Neville said.

“Victoria is the sporting capital of the world, and we want it to stay that way. That’s why we’re investing all over the state to give communities the great facilities they deserve”, Ms Neville concluded.