Andrews Government kicks in for Avoca and Snake Valley projects

Published on 24 September 2018

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Avoca’s Inclusive Playspace and Snake Valley’s Linear Park will soon be enjoying modern sports facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced Avoca’s Inclusive Playspace and Snake Valley’s Linear Park redevelopment were among four grant recipients across the region in the new round of the $180 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Pyrenees Shire Council will receive $208,000 towards the construction of an all abilities playground in High Street Avoca.

In addition, the Shire will receive $250,000 towards the stage one development of Linear Park including the creation of an inclusive, open recreational space and a skate park.

Ms Pulford said local sports clubs are the lifeblood of communities and they deserve modern, accessible and safe facilities.

“Congratulations to Pyrenees Shire and the Avoca and Snake Valley communities. This boost will go a long way to supporting the growing number of people in Pyrenees Shire keen to get involved in local sport and recreation,” she said.

“The Labor Government is giving local communities the facilities they need so more locals can play the sports they love,” Ms Pulford said.

Pyrenees Shire Mayor, David Clark, said the funding was a huge boost for Avoca and Snake Valley.

“In terms of Snake Valley, it’s a huge opportunity to develop Linear Park which will benefit the big number of young families moving to the area,” Cr Clark said.

“We’re also very excited about Avoca’s Inclusive Playspace which we believe will become a destination playground for kids from around the district. The plan is to build an interactive, vibrant, safe playground in the heart of Avoca."

Cr Clark welcomed an additional $30,000 commitment by the Avoca Community Bank® Branch, Maryborough branch and St Arnaud agency of the Bendigo Bank towards the Avoca play space, which was dependent on the success of the $208,000 funding bid.

“This significant contribution by the Avoca District Community Bank demonstrates the community support for this project. We are very excited about the possibility of delivering this project in 2019 in partnership with the bank and the Victorian Government.”

The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is developing new sport and active recreation facilities and rejuvenating tired grounds and ageing clubrooms across the state.

In this round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, over 90 projects will be supported across Victoria thanks to a $60 million boost from the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

It’s part of the Labor Government’s commitment to promoting sports and active recreation and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

(pictured from left: Pyrenees Shire CEO Jim Nolan, Mayor David Clark, Avoca Community Bank branch, Maryborough branch and St Arnaud agency of the Bendigo Bank secretary Julie Driscoll and Marketing Chair Donna Wardlow)