The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria has called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding to improve infrastructure at the Katunga Cricket Club.
Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell sought a funding commitment of $150,000 from the Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence to be included in the upcoming 2021-22 State Budget to construct new cricket nets at the club.
Katunga Cricket Club currently fields B and C grade teams in the Murray Valley Cricket Association, as well as two junior teams. The club has tried for many years to obtain funding to upgrade the nets at their base at the Katunga Recreation Reserve.
Officials have cited the poor condition of the training facilities as a contributing factor in the loss of players over the years and the inability to attract new players to the club. The nets are in such poor condition the project to replace them is included as a high priority item in Moira Shire Councils’ Katunga Recreation Reserve and Community Centre Strategic and Master Plan.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell emphasised the need for the Andrews Labor Government to support grass-roots sporting clubs like Katunga Cricket Club and called on Ms Spence to ensure the State Budget included the $150,000 needed to complete the project.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The Katunga Cricket Club is a family-orientated and welcoming sporting club that is suffering due to poor training facilities built in the 1980’s.
“$150,000 will construct three new state-of-the-art practice cricket nets and I urge the Minister to support this grass-roots local sporting club and provide funding for this project.”
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