29 Sep 2022 Media Release

Switching on the new lights at Tom Kelly Athletics Track

Doncaster athletics is set for an even brighter future thanks to new lighting at Tom Kelly Athletics Track backed by the Victorian Government.

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Sonja Terpstra today joined Manningham City Councillors and local athletic clubs before the running of the Doncaster Mile to officially flick the switch on the new lights. The project was made possible by a $250,000 investment from the Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

With local athletics clubs, youth athletics and local schools all vying to use the facilities, the new lighting opens the door for more training and competition day and night.

The lighting is spread evenly across the venue allowing local athletes and clubs the opportunity to use more of the venue for preparation and staging of big events.

The lighting upgrade at Rieschiecks Reserve complements the recently completed female friendly pavilion at the adjacent oval made possible by a $165,000 investment from the Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.6 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.

This includes another $88 million from the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to continue the flagship Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, game-changing Female Friendly Facilities Fund and the popular Country Football and Netball Program.

It’s supported by the release of the Government’s Fair Access Policy Roadmap aimed at ensuring women and girls get equal access to community sport facilities across the state.

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

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Sonja Terpstra

“Many clubs in the Doncaster area have been held back by outdated or non-existent facilities. The Victorian Government is fixing that.”

“The new lighting is a game-changer for athletics opening the track to more twilight training, events and summer competition.”

“We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities that can be used day and night so even more communities can reap the health and economic benefits that only sport and active recreation can deliver.”