Sporting clubs across Nicholls will benefit significantly from the new $1.7 million Cobram Soccer Pavilion, which was officially opened today.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the new community-focused multi-purpose pavilion – located at the Cobram Showgrounds – included four change room facilities, six public toilets, a kiosk and meeting space, as well as rooms dedicated to first-aid, match officials, and equipment storage.
“What this means for the Cobram community is an increased opportunity of hosting high-profile soccer games and championships, leading to greater tourism expenditure,” Mr Drum said.
“Other key benefits of this project include making the change rooms more female-friendly to meet the demand of increased female participation in sport, and increased revenue due to the larger facility.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said Federal Government funding of $614,900 for the project, via the Building Better Regions Fund, would provide significant benefits to the Cobram region.
“This investment will produce long-term economic benefits as the upgraded facilities will attract travelling teams and competitors to the town and the local economy,” Mr McCormack said.
“By supporting 23 jobs in construction, and ongoing positions after completion, this project will help bring economic prosperity to Cobram for many years to come.”
Mayor of Moira Shire Council, Libro Mustica, said the development of the pavilion would benefit the wellbeing of not only the local soccer fraternity, but also many other sporting groups that will play at the precinct, including basketball and netball.
“On behalf of Moira Shire Council, I would like to thank the Federal Government’s $615,000 funding contribution to make this project possible,” Mr Mustica said.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the Cobram community which has 260 registered soccer players on Albury-Wodonga Football Association match days, 290 Cobram Junior Soccer Association registered players and 80 plus volunteers, as well as the multiple players that utilise the netball courts and basketball stadium.”
This project, which commenced in September 2018, received $614,900 in funding from the Federal Government under the $841 million Building Better Regions Fund.
The Victorian Government – through Sport and Recreation Victoria – provided $472,830, Moira Shire $415,076, Cobram Roar Soccer Club $150,000, and Saputo Dairy Australia provided the remaining $50,000.
An in-kind contribution of $44,528 was also made by Moira Shire.