Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today officially turned the first sod on stages 2 and 3 of the Leopold Memorial Recreation Reserve new sporting facilities.
The facilities will include change rooms, a modern gym, new kitchen and a significant community space that will accommodate up to 200 people which will importantly be also available for the wider Leopold community use.
The new facilities build on the completed stage 1 project that included two new netball courts and player change rooms, umpire rooms and an upgrade to existing football rooms.
The project delivers on a State Government $1.6 million election commitment.
We know grassroots clubs are the heart of our community, and we’re giving players and teams at the Leopold Football Netball Club and Leopold Cricket Club the safe, modern and inclusive facilities they deserve, Ms Neville said
Females of all ages are signing up to play local sport in record numbers, but many facilities were built in a bygone era where change rooms for females were poor or didn’t even exist, she added.
It is great to support both women and men in football , netball and cricket and these new facilities will ensure all players are catered for well into the future, Ms Neville said.
Leopold Reserve really is a hub for the local community, with many clubs and organisations calling it home. Locals use it for exercise and the playground is a meeting place for families with young children.
Ms Neville thanked project partners City of Greater Geelong and Leopold Football Netball Club for their financial contribution to the project.
I have been proud to have worked with the Leopold Football Netball and Cricket clubs over many years and I again congratulate them on their initiative, Ms Neville said.
Construction is expected to be complete by the end of March 2018.