The booming new suburb of Clyde North will soon have a multipurpose sport and community hub, thanks to funding from the Andrews Government.

Minister for Sport, John Eren today announced the government is investing $800,000 in the Selandra Active Open Space soccer and cricket facility development in Clyde North, through the government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Major Facilities category.

Clyde North already has significant housing development, but there’s a real shortage of sport and recreation facilities – the nearest soccer ground is more than five kilometres away.

The new hub in Clyde North will include construction of two full size cricket ovals and three soccer pitches – all will be floodlit so they can be used for more hours a day.

There will also be a new female friendly pavilion constructed, along with terraced seating, cricket practice nets, cycling and walking paths, and a playground.

It’s hoped the facility will be ready for use in 2021.

The Andrews Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is developing new sport and active recreation facilities and rejuvenating tired grounds and ageing clubrooms across the state.

In this round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund over 90 projects are being supported across the state, thanks to a $60 million boost in the 2018/19 Budget.

The Andrews Government is committed to promoting sports and active recreation, and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria we’ve already invested $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and that’s why we’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength.

Minister Eren acknowledged the support and significant financial contribution of Casey City Council.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren MP

“Sports clubs are the heart and soul of our communities. The Andrews Government is giving the Clyde North community the facilities it needs so more locals can play the sports they love.”

“Growing numbers of boys and girls, men and women are signing up to take part in sport and active recreation at local clubs – and this development will help new clubs establish their home at Selandra.”

“This project is a great example of how the Andrews Government is making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all Victorians.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne District, Jude Perera MP

“ This is a great boost for our local area, especially for local families living in the Selandra Rise area.”

“The local community does not have any access to active open space despite being surrounded by newly established residential development, and the closest soccer facility is over five kilometres away and subsequently Labor is playing an integral role in delivering this much needed state of the art project.”