Drysdale Sports Precinct Commitment

Lisa Neville, the Member for Bellarine, joined players and club officials to announce Labor’s commitment to provide $3.5 million for Stage 1 of the Drysdale Sports Precinct, if elected in November.

Ms Neville said, “The City of Greater Geelong is currently seeking $3.5 million to enable Stage 1 of the project to commence, and I’m delighted to announce that Labor is committed to provide that funding.

“Currently Drysdale and Clifton Springs have major shortages of ovals for junior football and other sports, and there is no oval suitable for soccer.

Stage 1 of the project will deliver:

  • Premier football/cricket oval
  • Multi use fields which cater for soccer and other sporting codes, and community use
  • Sports lighting
  • Carparking
  • Relocatable pavilion – planned to be replaced with a permanent facility in Stage 2

“I’ve been pleased to sponsor and support the Soccer Club over the past seven years, including the girls’ team. But what they really need is a proper oval for training and playing and this project will provide that.

“Labor committed to the project at the last election but, despite the need the Napthine Government has ignored the community and done nothing.

Paul Rawson, Treasurer of the Drysdale Soccer Club, said, “We welcome this announcement.

“The Sports Precinct will be a real boost to our Club’s senior and junior teams, and help all clubs involve more young people in local sport”.

Ms Neville said, “The Drysdale Sports Precinct will become an important community asset, meeting the needs of our local football, soccer and cricket clubs and the growing numbers of families in the area.

“A Labor Government will join with Council and the community to make this a reality.”