New sports precinct opens in Yarra Ranges

Media Release

FN098/2016

14 December 2016

Joint release with:

Fional McAllister

Counciller for Yarra Ranges Council

  • New $1.6 million sports complex opens in Healesville
  • Facilities will support increased local participation in soccer, netball and cricket
  • Supports future growth in junior sports and boosting female participation

The new sports complex at Don Road in Healesville has officially opened today, offering state-of-the-art facilities to young sporting enthusiasts across the Yarra Ranges.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she was thrilled that the sports precinct had come to life, with the upgrade set to allow the region to reach its potential.

“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and great sporting facilities like this are a big part of that,” Minister Nash said.

“This complex will help the Healesville community and surrounding region to reach its sporting potential, and kids who just want to go outside, have fun, and learn a new skill.

“I am a massive sports fan and I'd be thrilled to see a future Olympian come from Yarra Ranges!.”

“The new accessible complex and amenities will be suitable for a range of sports including soccer, netball, cricket and Aussie rules,” Minister Nash said.

“This investment in local sport is also an investment in Healesville's youth and community, addressing the shortage of sporting infrastructure in the Healesville area.”

Yarra Ranges Councillor Fiona McAllister said the Don Road Pavilion was a long awaited and much needed project that supported sport in the Yarra Valley.

“The Healesville Football and Netball Club and the Healesville Soccer Club have achieved so much and are so strong,” Cr McAllister said.

“For many years they have been operating out of portables and yet their participation and numbers keep on growing.

“These clubs make such an amazing contribution to our community, and to provide them with access to really good club rooms and change facilities is fantastic and is what they deserve.”

Cr McAllister said the Don Road Pavilion was part of Council's annual $2 million pavilion program to upgrade outdated sports pavilions.

“I would like to thank the Federal and State Governments and both sporting clubs for their contribution to this project,” she said.

“It's so exciting to be here to officially open the completed pavilion, knowing the players will now have access to modern facilities.”

The Don Road Reserve Sports Pavilion was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($500,000), the Victorian Government ($100,000) and the Yarra Ranges Shire Council ($1 million).