Sport in the City of Casey will benefit from the announcement of funding for a new sporting facility in the region, with a synthetic football oval just one of the features of the new project.
The City of Casey has welcomed the announcement of $650,000 in funding from the Victorian Government to boost Council’s development of a new sporting facility at Carlisle Park in Cranbourne.
The State Government’s announcement was accompanied by a $100,000 commitment in principle from AFL Victoria, of which $50k is from the joint AFL/Cricket Australia Synthetic Turf Program and $50k from the AFL’s Facility Development Reserve. This additional funding adds to the Council’s $3.22 million investment in the project.
The $3.7 million project includes the construction of a synthetic football and cricket oval, two netball courts, cricket practice nets, a pavilion and car parking.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon was joined by the Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty and AFL Victoria Infrastructure and Planning Manager Ricky Bell, where the funding announcement was made on Thursday March14.
“This significant contribution will go towards the first-ever synthetic playing surface for AFL and cricket in the Casey and the second in Victoria,” Cr Stapledon said at the event.
‘Until now synthetic playing surfaces were only used for bowls, hockey, tennis and athletics in Casey.
‘Introducing a synthetic surface for AFL will provide many benefits to our local teams and players including improved safety, more playing time before maintenance is required and a beautiful green surface all year round.
‘Carlisle Park will be home to the Lyndhurst Cricket Club, Youth Girls football, South East Juniors umpires and representative team squads and Carlisle Park Primary School will also make use of the facility’.
‘I would like to thank the Victorian Government and AFL Victoria for their contribution to the project,’ said Cr Stapledon.
‘Council provides a variety of first class sport, leisure, aquatic, health and fitness facilities that enable all members of the community to get active, learn new skills or just have fun’, said Cr Stapledon.
‘This new facility is another example of Council’s continued commitment to the development of infrastructure to enable our communities to participate in physical activity as close to home as possible’.