Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt said he was thrilled to visit BlueScope Reserve in Hastings to see upgrades completed through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.
Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League was one of nine local groups that received funding under Round Two of the program.
“I am delighted the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League has received $9,519 funding that will support a number of local sporting groups and schools in Hastings and the surrounding area that use the oval,” Mr Hunt said.
“This has allowed for the installation of infield irrigation at BlueScope Reserve in Hastings.”
Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League President Andrew Souter said this would make an enormous difference to the junior footballers and other recreational users of the oval.
“We are very pleased to have this support from the Federal Government,” Mr Souter said.
“The oval is used by a number of local sporting groups and schools and these funds have allowed us to install infield irrigation which has improved the playing surface, making it safer for all users.
“We would also like to acknowledge the tremendous support of BlueScope Steel and all of our volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure this project could be completed.
Mr Souter said none of the work could have been possible without generous donations from Toro, Bendigo Bank, assistance from General Manager of BlueScope Steel Ron Bange and Graham Palmer from Irritech Management Services who designed the irrigation system.
Mr Hunt said the Stronger Communities Program had provided vital funds to a variety of groups to improve participation in social activities, which is contributing to vibrancy of our local communities.