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The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding to upgrade the Whittlesea Cricket Club’s practice wickets at AF Walker Reserve.

In a constituency question to the Minister for Sport John Eren, Ms Lovell called on the Minister to support a funding application by the City of Whittlesea to install three new practice nets at the reserve to allow the club to expand its junior cricket program.

“The Whittlesea Cricket Club has been operating for over 150 years and is an affiliate member of the Diamond Valley Cricket Association. The club is fielding eight teams and for the first time has a girls team in the under 16 competition,” Ms Lovell said.

“The club is looking to develop additional girls’ teams in the future and the installation of new practice wickets at AF Walker Reserve is vital in encouraging more young people to play cricket in the Whittlesea area.”

Ms Lovell said that the City of Whittlesea has been very supportive of the project, contributing half of the $200,000 cost and is now seeking Government assistance through a Sport & Recreation grant application.

“The Council has provided financial support to the tune of $100,000 and has submitted an application through the Community Sport Infrastructure Fund for funding to complete the project,” Ms Lovell said.

“The installation of new practice wickets will see more young people of Whittlesea playing cricket at their local club and I have asked the Minister to support the City of Whittlesea’s funding submission of $100,000 for this well overdue upgrade at AF Walker Reserve.”


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