Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Golden Plains Eagles set to soar from new pavilion

Media Release

FN150/2017

04 September 2017

Joint release with:

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Des Phelan

Mayor of Golden Plains Shire Council

  • Bannockburn Soccer Pavilion upgraded
  • The ground can now host larger competitions
  • The Coalition Government invested $100,000 in the project

A major upgrade to the Soccer Pavilion in Bannockburn, around 20 kilometres north-east of Geelong, was unveiled today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the upgrades mean more locals can play one of Australia's leading team sports.

“Who knows, maybe Australia's next Harry Kewell or Samantha Kerr is right here in Bannockburn,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and improved sporting facilities is a big part of that.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson joined members of Bannockburn's soccer club, the Golden Plains Eagles, for the celebration.

“The upgrade includes installation of a commercial-grade kitchen, new coaches' boxes and soccer pitch fencing,” Ms Henderson said.

“These improved facilities will increase the club's capacity to welcome new players and host larger competitions.

“Previously Bannockburn has been unable to cater for senior players, forcing many to travel to other districts or give up the sport, but this upgrade will ensure the sustainability of the Golden Plains Eagles Soccer Club and its members.”

Mayor of Golden Plains Shire Council Des Phelan said the Council knows community clubs need great infrastructure, with the Golden Plains Soccer Club now having a great base for players, supporters and visitors.

“We hope these great facilities will also encourage local women and girls to take up the sport,” said Cr Phelan.

“Our thanks to the Coalition Government for their generous funding contribution, which allowed several vital elements to be incorporated in the project.”

This project was jointly funded with the Coalition Government providing $100,000 and the Golden Plains Shire contributing $5,909.