| September 21, 2017

Shepherding the sporting talent into Shepparton

• The Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct has officially opened

• Includes a new soccer complex and upgrades to netball, athletics and multi-purpose fields

• The Coalition Government invested $7.19 million into the project

Shepparton residents will be able to play, train and compete at a new and improved $21 million Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the centre, which features a combination of new and upgraded player and spectator facilities, will attract more people to play and watch sport.

“This new precinct will mean locals can practice, play and train on first-class grounds at first-class facilities,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and creating quality sporting facilities is a big part of that.”

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the project had widespread community support, with many of Shepparton’s local sporting clubs contributing funding to the project.

“The precinct caters for a range of sports, featuring new facilities for soccer and hockey, upgraded netball courts, and multi-purpose fields for football and cricket,” Mr Drum said.

“It is an exciting development for Greater Shepparton which will encourage sports tourism and economic growth while promoting health and wellbeing within the community.”

Mayor of Greater Shepparton Dinny Adem said it is a shining example of what can be achieved when the three tiers of government work together.

“Collectively we have funded the creation of an international standard sporting facility that will have a long lasting legacy not only for the Greater Shepparton community but the sports that call Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct home,” Cr Adem said.

“The Sports Precinct will provide a significant boost to our economy and will ensure that Greater Shepparton remains a leader in the hosting of major sporting events.”

The project was jointly funded with the Federal Coalition Government investing $7.19 million, the Victorian Government providing $750,000, Greater Shepparton Council providing $12.81 million and local sporting groups contributing the remaining $250,000 towards the project.

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