The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to give the Leopold community the great sports facilities it deserves.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today inspected works at the Leopold Memorial Recreation Reserve, which are possible thanks to a $1.6 million Labor Government grant.

The ground is home to the Leopold Lions, but outdated facilities have meant the club has struggled to deal with increasing numbers. Victorians are turning to grassroots sports in their thousands, especially women and girls.

The redevelopment includes two new netball courts, complete with lighting to allow longer training sessions. New change rooms will mean netballers will no longer have to get changed in storage sheds, canteens or nearby cars.

The Leopold Memorial Recreation Reserve will benefit the whole community, including the Leopold Primary School, the Leopold Sportsmans Club and the Leopold Cricket Club.

The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping communities all over Victoria update tired grounds and build the facilities they need. It includes a $10 million fund for women’s change rooms – the single biggest investment in women’s participation in sport by a state government.

The project is being funded in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville

“They love their sport in Leopold, and we’re getting on with the job of giving the community the great facilities they deserve.”

“Women are joining grassroots sport in record numbers. We’re ensuring no more getting changed by the side of the court or in car parks, because everyone deserves equal facilities.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren

“We’re the sporting state, and we want to stay that way. We’re investing all over Victoria to make sure we do.”

Contact Lisa Neville Electorate Office: 5248 3462