Banyule Nets Stadium in Macleod will share in the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in Victoria’s history thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

The stadium, located at Macleod College, will receive $1.5 million to upgrade its outdoor netball courts and lights allowing netballers to play at night in modern facilities.

The upgrades will help netballers train, compete and attract more members for their clubs – making them more successful and allowing more matches to be scheduled.

The funding will be provided through a $60 million Community Sports Fund announced by the Labor Government as part of a $241.7 million boost for women’s and community sport in the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

The investment includes well over $100 million to improve facilities for women’s sport including:

  • $67 million for elite women’s facilities, including $20 million to redevelop Princes Park into the home of AFLW
  • a $64.6 million redevelopment of the State Hockey and Netball Centre
  • a $15 million boost for the Female Friendly Facilities Fund

The Victoria Budget will also provide $15.4 million for upgrades at Albert Park, Yarra Bend and other key suburban sporting precincts, and $5 million for Community Sports Infrastructure Loans that will unlock up to $100 million for local clubs to upgrade their facilities.

The Labor Government has also signed a landmark deal with the AFL that will deliver major redevelopments of the MCG and Etihad Stadium Precinct, and guarantee the AFL Grand Final will be played in Victoria for the next 40 years.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“This vital funding will help clubs from Banyule train, compete and grow. It’s a win for local netballers and for our community.”

“Places like Banyule Nets Stadium are the cornerstone of local communities – that’s why we’re backing them with this record investment.”

“The Banyule and District Netball Association is a fantastic organization. The funding for this expansion and upgrade of courts in Macleod will allow more locals to play netball and other sports.”

“We’re upgrading local grounds, change rooms and pavilions right across Victoria – so everyone has the facilities they need to play and watch the sport they love.”