Kicking goals in Monbulk

Media Release

FN044/2017

27 March 2017

Joint release with:

James Merlino

Deputy Premier and
State Member for Monbulk

Tony Smith

Federal Member for Casey

Noel Cliff

Mayor of Yarra Ranges Council

  • New $9.8 million Rangers Soccer Club now open
  • Upgrades include new synthetic soccer pitches, outdoor lighting, and a new sporting pavilion.
  • New facilities will support increased participation in local soccer competitions.

The $9.8 million brand new Monbulk Rangers Soccer Club officially opened today, providing great new facilities to cater for the growing number of soccer players in the region.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the two full-sized synthetic soccer pitches, 12 lighting towers, and a new sporting pavilion would be loved by local players.

“The new facilities mean the club can host first class competitions both night and day and also attract new players.

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

Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith who joined the community for the official opening today said the Monbulk Ranges Soccer Club has a proud history spanning from the 1970s.

“Today marks a new chapter for the club with the upgraded grounds providing the region with a premium venue to host larger soccer competitions,” Mr Smith said.

“I am very excited to see this club grow. Who knows, we may see the next Harry Kewell right here in Monbulk.”

Deputy Premier and State Member for Monbulk James Merlino said local families were finally getting the facilities they deserve.

“The Monbulk Ranges will be able to welcome more members than ever before and maybe even find the next Socceroos or Matildas star.”

Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren said, “We know more Victorians are choosing to play the world game, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure more kids can play the sport they love.”

“Two new FIFA-sized pitches will give clubs the opportunity to field more teams and train for longer to keep on top of their rivals.”  Mr Eren said.

Mayor of Yarra Ranges Council Noel Cliff said this Club will provide a hub for locals to get involved in sport through a purpose-built facility.

“Getting outdoors and experiencing team sports in a beautiful facility like this will enrich the lives of so many people,” Cr Cliff said.

“It will be an icon for soccer players across the east, who will come to Monbulk to compete, and those visitors will be able to enjoy everything the Yarra Ranges has to offer.”

The project was jointly funded between the Federal Coalition Government ($2 million), the Victorian Government ($650,000), and Yarra Ranges Shire Council ($7.15 million).