INDEPENDENT MP Andrew Wilkie has secured Federal Government funding for a number of facilities, community clubs and infrastructure to revitalise the Glenorchy area.
Mr Wilkie has continued his focus on enhancing sporting clubs, securing $1 million to upgrade the Eady Street Oval facilities – the home of the Wellington Cricket Club and the Glenorchy Rugby Union Football Club.
“Thanks to this $1 million from the Federal Government, two important local clubs will be able to undertake a much-needed redevelopment of their facilities,” Mr Wilke said.
“The new facility is expected to boast enhanced function and club space, changerooms and kitchens.”
This funding follows announcements by Mr Wilkie to secure grants to support the Glenorchy Knights and help construct a Northern Suburbs Junior Football Hub.
“It’s great to see so much Federal Government investment in local clubs and sporting infrastructure in the Clark electorate,” Mr Wilkie said.
“Supporting local sport is so important because it strengthens communities and gives kids in particular access to healthy activities in safe environments run by good role models.”
Another of Mr Wilkie’s priorities for Glenorchy was the need for more playgrounds and open spaces, which he announced when he secured a $2 million grant to help cover this need.
“Glenorchy is a great place to live and raise a family, but there’s a desperate need to provide more open space for the community, especially for families with young kids,” he said.
Mr Wilkie said the grant would allow the Glenorchy City Council to upgrade the playground, car park and toilet at Giblins Reserve Goodwood, as well as the playground at Montrose Foreshore Community Park.
“Quality open spaces lead to healthy and active communities,” he said.
“But they’re expensive for councils to do on their own, which is why this $2 million, along with a $1.4 million investment from Glenorchy City Council, will make the projects a reality.
“I’m delighted that Goodwood will benefit from a new playground because it’s a great community with a lot of young families that hasn’t always got a fair go when it comes to these sorts of community facilities.”
Dowsing Point’s Defence and Veterans’ Workshop also received a $90,000 grant, allowing the workshop to employ a facilitator for three years.
The role of facilitator is a specialist role that provides much-needed assistance and guidance to members of the group.
“The workshop, a not-for-profit organisation akin to a Men’s Shed, provides a supportive environment for men and women who are or have served in the Australian Defence Force,” Mr Wilkie said.
“The facilitator also carries out training about tool use and machinery safety, monitors work health and safety issues, as well as maintains and repairs the machinery and equipment in the workshop.”
Caption: From left, Mayor of Glenorchy Kristie Johnston, Glenorchy Rugby Club president Scott Adams, Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, Wellington Cricket Club president Ian Marshall and Wellington Cricket Club secretary Cory Griffiths at Eady Street Oval.