Ready to launch more sports infrastructure projects

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The Victorian government is helping more communities transform aging pavilions, modernize local stadiums, and develop new swimming pools to encourage people to stay active and healthy.

Community Sports Minister Ros Spence today announced the opening of nominations for the 2021-22 Community Sports Infrastructure Loan Program.

The program provides low-interest government-guaranteed loans in the range of $ 500,000 to $ 10 million to councils, clubs, associations, educational institutions and facility managers to develop health infrastructure. high quality community sport and active recreation.

Eligible projects include the development or modernization of water recreation facilities, indoor sports stadiums, community sports arenas, pavilions, sports fields, skateparks and trails, as well as the packaging of similar projects. on several sites.

Previous cycles of the program have helped councils and organizations launch more than $ 434 million in community sports and recreation infrastructure across the state, including the Colac Bowling Club which this year received a loan of $ 975,000. for the installation of accessible ramps and a new roof over the green.

Other projects supported include the expansion and modernization of WORLD Sporting Precinct in Bairnsdale by the East Gippsland Shire Council with a $ 5 million loan, while Glen Eira City Council has received a $ 10 million loan to support the $ 51.8 million Carnegie Swim Center redevelopment.

In addition to providing organizations with access to low-interest loans, Sport and Recreation Victoria provides interest subsidies that halve the interest paid by borrowers, saving organizations more money. money and help launch infrastructure projects that support our economic recovery.

The government has invested more than $ 1.1 billion in community sports and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

For more information on the Community sports infrastructure loan program including details of past loan recipients, visit sport.vic.gov.au.

As stated by Community Sport Minister Ros Spence

“Modern and accessible facilities, including indoor multi-sport stadiums and aquatic recreation centers, can breathe new life into local communities. “

“I encourage boards, clubs and schools to consider proposing appropriate projects that will allow more people to participate in sports and recreation and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. “

As stated by Colac Bowling Club President Leigh Rich

“This loan is a game-changer for our club. The new state-of-the-art facility, including a roof over the green and accessible ramps, will offer people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play all year round and inject a new buzz into the balls local.

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