Gisborne sporting clubs now have the facilities they deserve thanks to a brand new pavilion at Dixon Field and new sports lighting and netball court resurfacing at Gardiner Reserve.

The facilities were officially opened last night (Thursday 29 June) by the Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas, and were made possible thanks to an Andrews Labor Government grant.

The Victorian Government is getting the job done in Gisborne. The $880,000 new pavilion at Dixon Field and the $349,000 new lights and court resurfacing at Gardiner Reserve will give the growing community the first-class facilities it deserves.

Dixon Field is home to more than 900 soccer, tennis, athletics, cricket, croquet and touch football club members and features a playground set amongst wetland walking trails and wide open spaces for local families to enjoy.

The new pavilion provides more change rooms for players to prepare for the action in comfort, unisex toilets, a kitchen and canteen area, multi-use meeting space and more storage for clubs.

Gardiner Reserve is home to the Gisborne Bulldogs Football Netball Club. The oval’s new lighting meets Australian Standards for training and competitions, giving local footballers and netballers a safe place to train and more opportunities to take on their rivals at home.

It means Gisborne will be able to stage big-ticket night blockbusters – and that means a boost to the club’s finances.

The re-surfaced netball courts give local netballers the perfect base to develop their skill and stage competition games with safe, modern courts.

The projects were funded in partnership with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Gardiner Reserve Sporting Clubs including Gisborne Football Netball Club.

We want all Victorians to enjoy sport and recreation at the best venues. That’s why the Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17 includes a $60 million boost to build the quality venues clubs and players want.

This includes $8 million over four years to continue the popular Country Football and Netball Program, as well as $22 million for a new initiative to build and upgrade indoor sports stadiums.

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Quotes attributable to Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“The Gisborne Football Netball Club is one of our great local institutions and a powerful force in the Bendigo Football Netball League. Night blockbusters will be a great addition at Gardiner Reserve.”

“The best facilities inspire more players, male and female, to get in amongst the action and embrace community sport. It means happier, healthier, better connected communities.”

“We promised local communities the first-class facilities that they can be proud of, and that’s exactly what we’re delivering. I look forward to the next stage of development at Gardiner Reserve of this important community project.

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