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The Liberal Nationals will improve netball facilities at Pinks Reserve

A Liberal Nationals Government will provide $1,000,000 to cover up to six netball courts at Pinks Reserve Regional Netball Facility, home of the Lillydale & Yarra Valley Netball Association. This amount is on top of the $1 million already raised locally by the Association.

As our population grows the Liberals have a plan to get ahead of grassroots sport infrastructure.

The Lillydale & Yarra Valley Netball Association is the largest netball association in the outer east of Melbourne, with over 2,500 registered members, and 250 teams from 23 suburban and country clubs.

Daniel Andrews has allowed population growth get out of control, putting more pressure on local sporting clubs.

Members come from all across the Yarra Ranges including Chirnside Park, Mooroolbark, Lilydale, Kilsyth, Montrose, Mt Evelyn, Seville, Wandin, Woori Yallock, Launching Place, Warburton, Coldstream, Healesville, Yarra Glen, Dixons Creek, Toolangi, Wonga Park, Croydon Hills, Croydon, Warranwood, Ringwood, Heathmont, Bayswater, Boronia, and The Basin. All competition games are played at Pinks Reserve in Kilsyth.

Netball is the number one female team sport in this region. As the Lillydale & Yarra Valley Netball Association has close to 100 per cent female membership, it is a major contributor to female sport and participation in our community.

With year round competition and an intense schedule, the Lillydale & Yarra Valley Netball Association is seeking to construct permanent court covers to provide all-weather netball for its members, so that players can avoid heat stroke on hot days, and can still play when it is raining or hailing.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Sport, Danny O’Brien:

“John Schurink, Bridget Vallence and David Hodgett are all strong advocates for their communities, and have being doing extensive work with the Lillydale & Yarra Valley Netball Association to secure this funding commitment.

Daniel Andrews’ priority of building a ballroom at Etihad stadium is all wrong. A Liberal Nationals Government will get head of population growth and ensure there is enough funding for increased participation in grassroots sport.”

Comments attributable to the Liberal Candidate for Monbulk, John Schurink:

“It is imperative that we support women in sport and a Liberal National Government will give the Lillydale & Yarra Valley Netball Association and the local community the funding they deserve.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Member for Croydon, David Hodgett:

“I am a strong supporter and advocate of our local sports clubs and the many benefits they provide our community.

This funding is a huge win for local netball players with an all-weather venue that will attract and expand the competition across Victoria.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Evelyn, Bridget Vallence:

“Pinks Reserve is the heart of the netball community in the outer east and the Yarra Valley.

I am delighted to support the Lillydale & Yarra Valley Netball Association, which has had significant growth in junior and senior female participation, with an exciting contribution toward all-weather court covers that will enable players to compete rain, hail or shine in the sport they love.

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