13 Aug 2020 Media Release

Dorset Recreation Reserve Score $2 Million Towards Soccer Pitch and Clubroom Facilities

The Dorset Recreation Reserve is set for a transformation, thanks to a $2 million funding boost from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

Member for Eastern Metro, Sonja Terpstra today announced that the project is one of 27 to benefit from a share in more than $68 million from the stimulus program.

This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting vital projects across the state.

The project will include a two-storey pavilion, six change rooms with amenities, an umpire changeroom, a full-size synthetic soccer pitch and full-sized grass soccer pitch, two warm-up pitches marked for futsal and volleyball and carpark works.

Once complete the project will deliver positive outcomes for women and local Chin and Karen communities through the upgraded pitches and change rooms. The facility will provide a perfect base for the Croydon City Arrows Soccer club and the Maroondah Soccer and Darts Association to develop programs, train, host games and events.

This investment is about helping grassroots sports communities get back in the game when the time is right.

From sports field lighting upgrades at multiple sites to new indoor sports courts, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.

By working with local government authorities, alpine resort boards and sporting clubs and organisations, the program is fast-tracking shovel-ready community sports infrastructure projects across Victoria and is expected to create almost $140 million in local economic activity.

This includes jobs in construction and supply chains with benefits for local businesses through the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First requirements which will be built into contracts.

The program is part of the more than $915 million in Victorian Government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

Ms Terpstra acknowledged the Victorian Government and the Maroondah Council for their commitment and financial contributions to the project.

For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metro, Sonja Terpstra

“This investment will support the local economy and create jobs – and support the growing number of people in Croydon and surrounds keen to get involved in sport and recreation.”

“We’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians by giving communities the facilities they need.”