McEvoy Oval Finishes First Place

Media Release

FN151/2017

08 September 2017

Joint release with:

Lucy Wicks

Federal Member for Robertson

Stuart Ayres

Minister for Western Sydney
Minister for WestConnex
Minister for Sport

Ian Reynolds

Administrator of Central Coast 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.