New Chirnside Park set to deliver AFL stars of the future

Media Release

FN064/2016

16 September 2016

Joint release with:

Natalie Hutchins

Victorian Minister for Local Government

Kelly Grigsby

Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham City

Bridget McKenzie

Senator for Victoria

Tim Pallas

Victorian Treasurer
Member for Werribee

Werribee fans will be able to watch their VFL team in style in a new double story pavilion including three grandstands, 500 fixed seats and a media platform, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said today.

Minister Nash said the redevelopment of Wyndham's Chirnside Park would host community events as well as providing a high-quality base for Werribee Football Club.

Minister Nash said the Coalition Government has invested $3.25 million toward the project through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

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

“These facilities will help bring people together, encourage sport and physical exercise, and improve a region's ability to host major events.

“During construction alone, this project will create 63 jobs and return an additional $6.15 million in revenue to the community. This will boost local business and provide local jobs.”

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said this is a great development for regional footie fans.

“It is a superb achievement to have such a modern facility in Chirnside Park and I am sure locals and visitors will take every advantage of it,” Senator McKenzie said.

Victorian Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins said projects like this were helping councils handle the booming growth being experienced in Melbourne's outer suburbs.

“We're a proud to partner in the delivery of this important project, which will be a boon for the Werribee Football Club and the broader community.”

Victorian Treasurer and State Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said the redevelopment was a significant project for Werribee and he looked forward to seeing the progress.

“The Chirnside Park Hub redevelopment is a great example of how we are growing the suburbs and providing the facilities our communities need.”

Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham City Council Kelly Grigsby Chirnside Park is an integral part of Wyndham's sport, community and recreation infrastructure.

“This vital upgrade will transform it into a multi-purpose community and sports facility that will accommodate football, cricket and community education organisations, including opportunities for programs delivered by the Wyndham Community Education Centre (WCEC) and the North Melbourne Football Club's ‘Huddle’, which works to help disadvantaged young people become more engaged in society.” Ms Grigsby said.

“It is exciting to see this redevelopment officially getting underway and we would like to thank The Federal and State Governments, the Werribee Football Club, the AFL and AFL Victoria for joining Wyndham City in funding this important project.”

The Chirnside Park redevelopment is being jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($3.25 million), Victorian Government ($1.5 million), Wyndham City Council ($5.5 million), Werribee Football Club ($1 million) Australian Football League ($250,000) and Victorian Football League ($250,000).