Fields of opportunities in Greater Shepparton

Media Release

FN090/2016

06 December 2016

  • New all-purpose synthetic field opens as part of Greater Shepparton Sports Precinct
  • The $1.06 million synthetic field was jointly funded by the Coalition Government and Greater Shepparton Council
  • The overall redevelopment will enhance the regions ability to attract major sporting events

The Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct is beginning to take shape with today's opening of the new multi-purpose synthetic field.

Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, said the Coalition Government is investing $7.19 million towards upgrading the entire sports precinct due for completion in early-2017.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and improved sporting facilities definitely helps do that,” Minister Nash said.

“Redevelopment of the sports precinct will support future growth in junior sports participation which is vital to building successful communities.”

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum, said the new redevelopment would market the precinct as a national venue for sporting events and championships, providing an important boost to the local economy.

“The new multipurpose synthetic field will be ideal for a number of sports including hockey and soccer, providing the region with an all-purpose wet weather training venue,” Mr Drum said.

“I look forward to seeing the final stages of the entire redevelopment unfold, improving the sporting facilities in Shepparton to a world class standard.”

Mayor of Greater Shepparton Council, Dinny Adem, said the new field would be of great benefit to the hockey association, sporting community and Greater Shepparton as a whole, providing a training venue for local clubs.

 

“The new field has also provided the opportunity for the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association to expand their junior competition and provide more opportunity for senior participation, a great result encouraging individuals to stay and play in Shepparton,” Cr Adem said.

The Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct is a $21 million project with the Coalition Government contributing $7.19 million, the Victorian Government providing $750,000, Greater Shepparton Council providing $12.8 million and local sports groups contributing $250,000. The development will include a state-of-the-art sports precinct with the construction and upgrade of player and spectator facilities.

Construction on the project is due to complete in March 2017, to stay up to date with what's happening visit www.greatershepparton.com.au