Warrnambool will soon be home to AFL standard football facilities with Member for Western Victoria James Purcell announcing $7 million to upgrade Reid Oval.
Mr Purcell has been actively lobbying the government for the funding to upgrade Reid Oval throughout the year and said he was thrilled with the outcome.
"I'm thrilled to secure this $7 million in funding for Reid Oval. This is a great win and a really exciting development for our region,” Mr Purcell said.
“We understand this is by far the largest sporting allocation to our area in history. It is a substantial amount of money and enough to upgrade the ground, lights, change rooms and spectator facility.
"Our sporting facilities are long overdue for an upgrade and this rebuild is just one of the many projects that should be a reality for our community.”
Mr Purcell has pushed the Warrnambool City Council to get ready for the funding, saying in June that they needed to be shovel ready when the money came in.
"We met our end of season deadline. The money is in the bank and it's time to get moving and put these state-of-the-art facilities in place ready for future seasons.”
The $7 million for Reid Oval is in addition to many other sporting groups in the south-west who have benefited from funding obtained by Mr Purcell.
"The Port Fairly Bowls Club received $2 million for new clubrooms and on Thursday we also announced $400,000 for upgrades at the Koroit Football Netball Club.
“We have since had other sporting groups approach us for funding and if I am re-elected in November I intend to continue working with those groups already on our list – and others – to improve facilities across the south-west and increase community access to our sport clubs.
"Our youth need strong community leaders, sporting groups, role models and facilities they can be proud of to help them grow into well-rounded, responsible adults. I believe every cent we invest in these clubs and their facilities will pay back our community 100 fold.
"It has been my pleasure to advocate on behalf of many groups across the south-west throughout the past four years and obtain much needed funding for a variety of organisations.”