Keen cricketers and skaters in the Hepburn Shire region are celebrating today thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today officially opened a redeveloped skatepark in Daylesford and also cricket upgrades in Clunes made possible with a $294,000 investment from the Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

The Daylesford project saw the existing skatepark transformed with a new bowl, jumps, seating, basketball ring and a new skater street section.

It will provide a superior skate facility for young people in the region and provide a base for community activities by groups such as the YMCA.

Established during the gold rush, Clunes Cricket Club is one of the oldest in country Victoria, but its turf wicket has definitely seen better days.

The Labor Government has listened and delivered, and the club is now celebrating a new turf wicket, improved irrigation and drainage, and an irrigation tank, which will significantly improve the playing surface and safety throughout the season.

It’s part of the Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

The Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria since 2014.

The Government also acknowledged project partner Hepburn Shire Council for its commitment and significant contribution to delivering the projects.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“These new facilities in Daylesford and Clunes are a fantastic resource for the local cricket and skating community, opening up new opportunities for active recreation, training and competition.”

“People in the Hepburn Shire region deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of and thanks to our investment in partnership with the Council, we’re getting on with delivering just that.”