MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:38):

I rise to update the house on my recent visit to see upgraded sporting facilities in my electorate of Werribee and officially open a new female-friendly sporting pavilion.

The new pavilion is located at the grounds of Galvin Park, home of the Werribee City Football Club, the Bees. I have to say the results are nothing short of spectacular.

Along with representatives of the club, including president Giovanni Inserra and the Wyndham council CEO, mayor and councillors, we celebrated the official opening of the pavilion. It provides a great new space to support almost 300 players from junior and senior teams and complements the four soccer pitches at Galvin Park. We will see the competition opportunities for local events, community gatherings and functions.

The world game of football is truly rooted in the fabric of our local community, and I am proud the new pavilion was made possible thanks to a $1 million investment from the Andrews government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund stimulus program. The Wyndham City Council are to be acknowledged for contributing $1.9 million to the project.

I also had the pleasure to visit the Wyndham All Abilities Football and Cricket Club ground at Warringa Reserve.

The reserve was upgraded with new irrigation, thanks to an investment through the Victorian government’s community cricket program. The improved playing surface on the oval will enable extended use of the grounds for the local club.

I am proud that our government is supporting the upgrading of sporting facilities that our local communities deserve.