Heidi Victoria MP

Hon Heidi Victoria MLA

Member for Bayswater District

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Liberal-Nationals leader Matthew Guy has joined Bayswater MP Heidi Victoria to announce $600,000 towards the upgrade of the pavilion at Marie Wallace Park for Bayswater Junior Football and Cricket Clubs, should there be a change of state government in November.

The facilities at Marie Wallace Reserve have been struggling to cope with the growth in junior sport. This upgrade would provide specific female change-rooms and an overall expansion to accommodate the growing junior teams.

The Andrews Labor Government is planning to hand up to $300 million of taxpayers’ money to the AFL to redevelop and build a function room for the Brownlow Medal count at its Etihad Stadium. The Liberal Nationals believe this money should instead fund community facilities across Victoria including Bayswater.

Ms Victoria and the clubs have been working towards a pavilion upgrade for five or six years.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“It's about time that suburban and country sporting clubs like Bayswater get some support from the state government rather than just the AFL.

“I won't hand over millions of dollars to the AFL to spend on Etihad Stadium, my goal will be to prioritise funding to our suburban and country sports clubs.

“Grassroots football, netball, cricket, basketball and soccer clubs are crying out for state government support.

“If I'm elected in November, I'll take every dollar Daniel Andrews commits to the AFL to spend on Etihad Stadium and give it to local sports ground upgrades including building new female change rooms.”

Comments attributable to Member for Bayswater, Heidi Victoria:

“These Bayswater clubs are doing a fantastic job and are growing accordingly. They need improved facilities so I’m pleased to be making this commitment.”

“There’s nothing fair about handing taxpayer money over to the AFL to upgrade Etihad Stadium when we don’t have adequate sports facilities here for the Bayswater Junior Football and Cricket Clubs.

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