Croquet will soon have a new and dedicated home in Lakes Entrance with the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty and Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull today announcing $100,000 towards a new croquet facility.
Minister Delahunty and Mr Bull visited the proposed site to announce the contribution from the latest round of the Community Facility Funding Program.
“Since 2005, the dedicated members of the Lakes Entrance Croquet Club have organised tournaments, fundraising events, and social activities based around croquet; all without a permanent base,” Mr Bull said.
“This funding boost ensures the club and community have a quality facility to grow their sport and cater for more people in the Gippsland region to play croquet.”
“Once complete, the new facility will include three courts, a clubroom and a storage shed.”
Mr Delahunty said, it would provide the perfect foundation to build on club initiatives, including the establishment of local competitions, social croquet events, as well as player and volunteer development initiatives.
“By investing in projects like these, we are providing more reasons for residents and tourists to visit our seaside towns like Lakes Entrance, especially over the summer months.”
“That is why the Victorian Coalition Government is proud to invest in sport and recreation facilities across the state that enables more Victorians to be more active, more often,” Mr Delahunty said.
Mr Bull commended the East Gippsland Shire Council for contributing $60,000 to the project, the Lakes Entrance Croquet Club for its contribution of $40,000 and the local Volunteers Charity Store for its donation towards the project.
Deputy Mayor, Cr Marianne Pelz, thanked the State Government for its commitment and contribution to the Lakes Entrance Croquet Club and more generally, the sporting public of Lakes Entrance.
“The croquet project will complement the current tennis court and Lakes Aquadome leisure facilities also located on the proposed site, adding to the recreational precinct for the enjoyment of residents and visitors,” Cr Pelz said.