Grassroots football and cricket are back bigger and better than ever in Wyndham thanks to the completion of the new Galvin Park football pavilion at the home of Werribee City FC and the new irrigation system at Warringa Reserve, home of the Wyndham All Abilities Football Cricket Club and Hoppers Crossing Junior Cricket Club.

Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today joined Wyndham City Councillors at both venues to officially open the new facilities, made possible by a more than $1 million investment from the Victorian Government.

Home to the growing ranks of the 262-player strong Werribee City FC, sport at Galvin Park in Werribee is booming.

The new pavilion replaces ageing clubrooms and features six new female friendly changerooms, large community social room, a large kitchen and canteen, public toilets, modern referee facilities and new car parking spaces.

The new pavilion will complement Galvin Park’s four football pitches and provide local sports and nearby schools with a pavilion capable of hosting more training and competition as well as local events.

The Victorian Government kicked in $1 million towards the Galvin Park pavilion upgrades from the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

At Warringa Reserve, the new automatic irrigation system will provide local sports clubs including the Wyndham All Abilities Football Cricket Club and Hoppers Crossing Junior Cricket Club with a more reliable weatherproof oval capable of hosting sport throughout the year.

The irrigation project was made possible thanks to $60,000 from the Victorian Government’s Community Cricket Program.

The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.1 billion in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2015.

This includes the recent $55 million budget boost towards sports infrastructure investments to deliver new and improved community sports infrastructure across the state, with a particular focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls through the popular Female Friendly Facilities Fund.

From pavilion upgrades to new lighting, investments like these provide high-quality and accessible places for Victorians to reap the benefits of sport and active recreation participation.

Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.

Mr Pallas acknowledged Wyndham City Council for its commitment and financial contribution to both projects.

For more information about infrastructure grant opportunities available through the Victorian Government visit sport.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Treasurer and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“For too long clubs like the Wyndham All Abilities Football Cricket Club, Hoppers Crossing Junior Cricket and Werribee City FC have been hamstrung by outdated facilities – they deserve appropriate facilities they can be proud of.”

“The new sports pavilion and oval irrigation system provide a real incentive for local clubs to ramp up their training and development and for even more locals to join in the fun.”

“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get back to local sport and recreation when it is safe to do so and lead healthy and active lifestyles.”