20 Oct 2022 Media Release

Doncaster scores $356,823 towards updated recreational facilities

The Andrews Labor Government is ramping up its support for community sport providing grants for new community facilities in Doncaster.

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Sonja Terpstra today announced that Ruffey Lake Park Boulevarde Hill Exercise Area and Cat Jump Park Playspace and Active Recreation Facility have secured funding for upgraded community facilities.

The Ruffey Lake Park project will receive $108.256 for the ​installation of a ninja warrior-style challenger course with connecting pathways at Boulevarde Hill within Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster East to deliver a new active recreation opportunity for the benefit of the community.​

And Cat Jump Park Playspace and Active Recreation Facility will be getting 248,567 to construct of a new play space, multipurpose activity court and fitness facility in Cat Jump Park, Doncaster East to provide greater opportunities for residents to be active and attract a broader range of the community to the park.

The Victorian Budget 2022/23 provided an additional $88 million to deliver new and improved community sports infrastructure and programs to boost participation in local sports clubs and organisations.

This includes continuing the flagship Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, game-changing Female Friendly Facilities Fund and the popular Country Football and Netball Program.

Since 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $1.6 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure.

It’s backed by the Fair Access Policy Roadmap, a Government initiative to ensure women and girls get equal access to community sport facilities across the state.

Initiatives like these are about levelling the playing field, creating jobs, stimulating local economies, and improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.

A 2020 report by KPMG commissioned by Sport and Recreation Victoria put an annual value of $7 billion on the economic, social and health benefits of community sport and active recreation infrastructure in Victoria.

For more information about the Fund and successful projects visit sport.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Sonja Terpstra

“This boost will go a long way to support the growing number of people in Warrandyte keen to get involved in local sport and recreation.“

“It’s a great example of how the Andrews Labor Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.”