Belmont Lions Club boasts roaring upgrade
The Geelong sporting community is celebrating a big win, following the completion of a major facilities upgrade at the Belmont Lions Sports Club.
Senator for Victoria David Van said the upgrades, set to benefit a number of football, netball and cricket clubs, would create a more inclusive environment, especially for female players.
“With women's sport on the rise across the country, it is great to see the club fully catering for both genders with two new change rooms, eight unisex showers, six toilets and a unisex umpires change room,” Senator Van said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project, which supported 12 jobs during construction, would help boost membership numbers and support the club's sustainability.
“By investing in grassroots sports infrastructure, we are not only catering to Geelong's growing population but ensuring the city continues to be a great place to live,” Mr McCormack said.
Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes said the improvements, including a tiered viewing area and trainers room, would encourage more people to get involved in local sport.
“With a more inclusive sporting environment on offer, we expect to see a rise in the number of players and teams using these fine facilities,” Ms Symes said.
Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood said the project was a fine example of what can be achieved when all three levels of government work together to deliver community infrastructure.
“Our local fans and broader community have been eagerly awaiting these upgrades, and it is great to see them complete,” Cr Harwood said.
The project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $580,000, the Victorian Government $100,000, the City of Greater Geelong $103,233, the East Belmont Cricket Club $100,000 and the Belmont Lions Sports Club $22,000.