The Dimboola Bowling Club and Rainbow Recreation Reserve are among recipients of funding from the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund for significant facility upgrades.

This week Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford announced these among a list of 100 projects that will benefit from a share in more than $30 million of grants to upgrade sporting facilities from the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

A total of $163,500 has been allocated for the installation of a synthetic surface to the Dimboola Bowling Club’s second green which will also include an integrated ramp to assist independent access and upgraded and increased shade areas.

The new playing surface will increase the capacity of the venue, allowing more flexibility for the scheduling of matches.

Club president Darryl Argall expressed his thanks to Phil King of the Hindmarsh Shire and the State Government for their help in obtaining the grant, and especially to Dennis Smith for his work in submitting the grant on behalf of the club.

“This is great news for our club and should lighten the workload considerably,” Mr Argall said.

Female change rooms for Rainbow Rec Reserve
The Rainbow Recreation Reserve will also benefit from the same grant fund to the tune of $226,640 which will go towards the construction of female-friendly change rooms.

These new change rooms will give Jeparit Rainbow Football Netball Club and Rainbow Tennis Club participants access to safe, modern, and compliant facilities to further encourage participation and a suitable environment for women and girls.

The Government acknowledged Hindmarsh Shire for its financial contribution to both of these projects.

COVID-19 Response to Local Sport
Grants of $1,000 have also been approved in from the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package for the Jeparit Golf Club and Jeparit Tennis Club, in addition to similar grants previously announced for the Nhill and District Sporting Club, the Nhill Lawn Tennis Club, Warracknabeal’s St Mary’s Cricket Club, Warracknabeal Golf Club, and Warracknabeal Hockey Club.

This money is to assist these clubs to deal with the impacts of the current coronavirus situation and will help them return to competition once it becomes possible to do so, be that later this year or in 2021.