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T20 WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR ARRIVES IN BALLARAT

With just over 40 days to go until the Australian Women’s Cricket Team kick start their campaign at Junction Oval against New Zealand to secure the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, cricket fever is rising with the arrival of the T20 Trophy Tour in Victoria. Member for Wendouree Julianna Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today welcomed the national trophy tour on its first stop at Ballarat at the newly redeveloped Regional Cricket Hub at Eastern Oval, made possible thanks to a $2 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government. The Trophy Tour is showcasing the stories of inspiring women from communities across Australia and will next visit Bendigo on 22 January followed by Melbourne from 4 – 10 February ahead of the first Women’s match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 21 February. World Cup organisers have secured global superstar Katy Perry to perform at the 8 March decider at the MCG on International Women’s Day. Victorians are being encouraged to come along and smash the world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event that’s inspiring budding female cricketers for years to come. Record numbers of women and girls in Victoria are signing up to play cricket, and that number is expected to increase when the world’s best women’s cricket players hit Australia’s sports capital to compete at the Cup. In the 2018-19 season, Victoria saw an 11.6 per cent increase in the number of new girls’ teams taking to the field boosting that number up to 2,143 teams. The Labor Government is supporting women’s participation in cricket through it $13.5 million Community Cricket Program, which includes funding to clubs and councils to develop or redevelop local cricket infrastructure from training nets through to female friendly and accessible change rooms. The Government’s T20 World Cup Legacy Program is also providing local cricketers with coaching scholarships, leadership programs and an expanded Regional Big Bash series, which will further help cricket’s next up and coming players reach their potential. For more information on the ICC Women’s World Cup T20 Trophy Tour go to: https://www.t20worldcup.com/trophytour Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “Ballarat has a proud sporting history and a bright future and we’re even prouder that Ballarat is the first stop on the T20 National Trophy Tour.” “With the start of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup just a few weeks away and with new initiatives like the Community Cricket and T20 World Cup Legacy Programs, there’s never been a better or more exciting time for girls and women to get into cricket.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “It is an incredible moment for Ballarat to be hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour. It will inspire our next generation of cricket players and also encourage girls and women all across Australia to follow in the footsteps of their sporting heroes.”

T20 WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR ARRIVES IN BALLARAT

With just over 40 days to go until the Australian Women’s Cricket Team kick start their campaign at Junction Oval against New Zealand to secure the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, cricket fever is rising with the arrival of the T20 Trophy Tour in Victoria. Member for Wendouree Julianna Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today welcomed the national trophy tour on its first stop at Ballarat at the newly redeveloped Regional Cricket Hub at Eastern Oval, made possible thanks to a $2 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government. The Trophy Tour is showcasing the stories of inspiring women from communities across Australia and will next visit Bendigo on 22 January followed by Melbourne from 4 – 10 February ahead of the first Women’s match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 21 February. World Cup organisers have secured global superstar Katy Perry to perform at the 8 March decider at the MCG on International Women’s Day. Victorians are being encouraged to come along and smash the world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event that’s inspiring budding female cricketers for years to come. Record numbers of women and girls in Victoria are signing up to play cricket, and that number is expected to increase when the world’s best women’s cricket players hit Australia’s sports capital to compete at the Cup. In the 2018-19 season, Victoria saw an 11.6 per cent increase in the number of new girls’ teams taking to the field boosting that number up to 2,143 teams. The Labor Government is supporting women’s participation in cricket through it $13.5 million Community Cricket Program, which includes funding to clubs and councils to develop or redevelop local cricket infrastructure from training nets through to female friendly and accessible change rooms. The Government’s T20 World Cup Legacy Program is also providing local cricketers with coaching scholarships, leadership programs and an expanded Regional Big Bash series, which will further help cricket’s next up and coming players reach their potential. For more information on the ICC Women’s World Cup T20 Trophy Tour go to: https://www.t20worldcup.com/trophytour Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “Ballarat has a proud sporting history and a bright future and we’re even prouder that Ballarat is the first stop on the T20 National Trophy Tour.” “With the start of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup just a few weeks away and with new initiatives like the Community Cricket and T20 World Cup Legacy Programs, there’s never been a better or more exciting time for girls and women to get into cricket.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “It is an incredible moment for Ballarat to be hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour. It will inspire our next generation of cricket players and also encourage girls and women all across Australia to follow in the footsteps of their sporting heroes.”

Grants available to turn up the volume on local music

Musicians in Ballarat looking to amp up their latest projects are being urged to get their applications in for the latest round of the Andrews Government’s Music Works program. Labor MP, Juliana Addison, said Ballarat’s vibrant music scene plays an important role in Victoria’s standing as Australia’s music heartland. The Music Works Major Funding program is open to professional musicians and bands, music organisations, managers, technicians and venues working in all contemporary music genres and at all career stages. Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are available for individuals and up to $75,000 for groups and organisations. The program supports projects in three categories: Creating content: recording of new original works, as well as digital and audio-visual content such as music videos, podcasts, web content or other promotional content Building capacity: professional development activities such as attending masterclasses, mentoring and activities that help to strengthen your music business, and Connecting to markets: activities that will bring Victorian music to new audiences. This could range from tours to festivals, events and programs that help practitioners to build their audiences or activities that address barriers for music makers or audiences. Past Music Works rounds have supported a diverse range of projects – from musicians recording their first album through to programs that have supported next generation talent and support for established bands to attend global showcases or tours. Ms Addison said the Music Works program presents exciting opportunities for our local music industry to reach new audiences and build their music businesses with support from the Andrews Government. “Ballarat is home to a community of wonderful musicians at all career stages and supports our thriving cultural scene. I encourage you to find out more about the Music Works program and take your music to the next level,” Ms Addison said. Applications are open until 5pm, Thursday 6 February 2020 and projects can commence from 1 June 2020. For program details or to apply, go to creative.vic.gov.au/musicworks

Grants available to turn up the volume on local music

Musicians in Ballarat looking to amp up their latest projects are being urged to get their applications in for the latest round of the Andrews Government’s Music Works program. Labor MP, Juliana Addison, said Ballarat’s vibrant music scene plays an important role in Victoria’s standing as Australia’s music heartland. The Music Works Major Funding program is open to professional musicians and bands, music organisations, managers, technicians and venues working in all contemporary music genres and at all career stages. Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are available for individuals and up to $75,000 for groups and organisations. The program supports projects in three categories: Creating content: recording of new original works, as well as digital and audio-visual content such as music videos, podcasts, web content or other promotional content Building capacity: professional development activities such as attending masterclasses, mentoring and activities that help to strengthen your music business, and Connecting to markets: activities that will bring Victorian music to new audiences. This could range from tours to festivals, events and programs that help practitioners to build their audiences or activities that address barriers for music makers or audiences. Past Music Works rounds have supported a diverse range of projects – from musicians recording their first album through to programs that have supported next generation talent and support for established bands to attend global showcases or tours. Ms Addison said the Music Works program presents exciting opportunities for our local music industry to reach new audiences and build their music businesses with support from the Andrews Government. “Ballarat is home to a community of wonderful musicians at all career stages and supports our thriving cultural scene. I encourage you to find out more about the Music Works program and take your music to the next level,” Ms Addison said. Applications are open until 5pm, Thursday 6 February 2020 and projects can commence from 1 June 2020. For program details or to apply, go to creative.vic.gov.au/musicworks

SUPPORTING BUSHFIRE AFFECTED ANIMALS AT BALLARAT CUP

Ballarat harness racing enthusiasts are set for a racing bonanza on Saturday 18 January, with 100 per cent of gate takings going towards Wildlife Victoria to support bushfire affected animals. It will be spectacle for the whole family, with the pace picking up at the Bray Raceway prestigious Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup, thanks to more than $35,000 in funding. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today announced the Andrews Labor Government is kicking in $13,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund – Raceday Attraction Program to support the Ballarat Pacing Cup meeting, while the Ballarat and District Trotting Club is investing more than $22,000. The Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup, with a stakes purse of $100,000 is one of the key harness racing events on the calendar and attracts top horses from around Australia. As well as cheering on a quality field, patrons will enjoy a range of fun, family activities including a kids’ zone with a jumping castle, games and face painting. There will also be live music from popular Echuca artist Jefferson Smith, a tug of war and fashions on the field, and a wide variety of dining options on offer. Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $337,000 to support 10 harness events and eight infrastructure projects for the Ballarat and District Trotting Club. The harness racing industry in regional Victoria generates $255.3 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 2,100 full time equivalent jobs locally. Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This is a must on the regional racing calendar, and we’re so proud that the esteemed Bray Raceway and Ballarat will play host – drawing in racing enthusiasts, punters and families who want a fabulous night out.” “They’ve been racing in Ballarat since 1861, and the club knows how to put on a fantastic event, so I would encourage everyone to get along and soak in the atmosphere.” Quote attributable to Ballarat and District Trotting Club President, David Young “We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support. I can promise patrons a great night of racing and entertainment for the whole family.”

SUPPORTING BUSHFIRE AFFECTED ANIMALS AT BALLARAT CUP

Ballarat harness racing enthusiasts are set for a racing bonanza on Saturday 18 January, with 100 per cent of gate takings going towards Wildlife Victoria to support bushfire affected animals. It will be spectacle for the whole family, with the pace picking up at the Bray Raceway prestigious Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup, thanks to more than $35,000 in funding. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today announced the Andrews Labor Government is kicking in $13,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund – Raceday Attraction Program to support the Ballarat Pacing Cup meeting, while the Ballarat and District Trotting Club is investing more than $22,000. The Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup, with a stakes purse of $100,000 is one of the key harness racing events on the calendar and attracts top horses from around Australia. As well as cheering on a quality field, patrons will enjoy a range of fun, family activities including a kids’ zone with a jumping castle, games and face painting. There will also be live music from popular Echuca artist Jefferson Smith, a tug of war and fashions on the field, and a wide variety of dining options on offer. Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $337,000 to support 10 harness events and eight infrastructure projects for the Ballarat and District Trotting Club. The harness racing industry in regional Victoria generates $255.3 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 2,100 full time equivalent jobs locally. Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This is a must on the regional racing calendar, and we’re so proud that the esteemed Bray Raceway and Ballarat will play host – drawing in racing enthusiasts, punters and families who want a fabulous night out.” “They’ve been racing in Ballarat since 1861, and the club knows how to put on a fantastic event, so I would encourage everyone to get along and soak in the atmosphere.” Quote attributable to Ballarat and District Trotting Club President, David Young “We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support. I can promise patrons a great night of racing and entertainment for the whole family.”

More shade to protect Ballarat from skin cancer

More of the Ballarat community will be protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, thanks to the Andrews Government installing more sunshades in public areas and sports clubs. Labor Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, today visited Victoria Bowling Club to announce four community organisations in Ballarat will receive a share in almost $1 million from the fourth round of the Community Shade Grants Program. The grants are available for community groups to construct new shade structures, purchase portable shade, plant natural shade, repair an existing shade structure, purchase sun protective items or any combination of the five. Victoria Bowling Club will receive $9,499 to install permanent shade and to purchase sun protective items to ensure participants and spectators are protected during the summer months. In addition, Ballarat YMCA will receive $4,857 for portable shade and sun protective items, Centacare will receive $6,900 for permanent shade structures and Mount Clear Cricket Club will receive $4,066 for portable shade and sun protective items. When used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and clothing, shade structures are the best defence and can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent. Ms Addison said the Community Shade Grants Program is supporting locals to keep active and enjoy the outdoors, while also helping them to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer. “We know how much Australians love the outdoors. These grants mean that locals can still enjoy Ballarat’s great facilities while staying SunSmart,”Ms Addison said. “Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in Australia. That’s why this program is so important to the Ballarat community,” she said. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. In 2017, 270 Victorians died from melanoma and almost 3,000 people were diagnosed with invasive melanomas – making it the fourth most common cancer across the state. The five-year survival rate for Victorians diagnosed with invasive melanoma was at 90 per cent in 2013-16. This initiative is part of the Labor Government’s election commitment to provide $15.1 million over four years in SunSmart programs. It forms part of the Labor Government’s ambitious Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 which sets out a target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer over a decade.

More shade to protect Ballarat from skin cancer

More of the Ballarat community will be protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, thanks to the Andrews Government installing more sunshades in public areas and sports clubs. Labor Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, today visited Victoria Bowling Club to announce four community organisations in Ballarat will receive a share in almost $1 million from the fourth round of the Community Shade Grants Program. The grants are available for community groups to construct new shade structures, purchase portable shade, plant natural shade, repair an existing shade structure, purchase sun protective items or any combination of the five. Victoria Bowling Club will receive $9,499 to install permanent shade and to purchase sun protective items to ensure participants and spectators are protected during the summer months. In addition, Ballarat YMCA will receive $4,857 for portable shade and sun protective items, Centacare will receive $6,900 for permanent shade structures and Mount Clear Cricket Club will receive $4,066 for portable shade and sun protective items. When used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and clothing, shade structures are the best defence and can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent. Ms Addison said the Community Shade Grants Program is supporting locals to keep active and enjoy the outdoors, while also helping them to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer. “We know how much Australians love the outdoors. These grants mean that locals can still enjoy Ballarat’s great facilities while staying SunSmart,”Ms Addison said. “Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in Australia. That’s why this program is so important to the Ballarat community,” she said. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. In 2017, 270 Victorians died from melanoma and almost 3,000 people were diagnosed with invasive melanomas – making it the fourth most common cancer across the state. The five-year survival rate for Victorians diagnosed with invasive melanoma was at 90 per cent in 2013-16. This initiative is part of the Labor Government’s election commitment to provide $15.1 million over four years in SunSmart programs. It forms part of the Labor Government’s ambitious Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 which sets out a target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer over a decade.

 

Preserving A Ballarat Icon

Works to preserve, protect and open up one of Ballarat’s most historic buildings has begun, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. The Ballarat Mechanics Institute will receive $175,000 from round four of the Living Heritage Program for works to the basement of the iconic building, which was built in 1860. The Mechanics Institute is one of the few in Victoria to continuously provide library services to the community and contains a significant collection of books, newspapers and journals from Ballarat and overseas dating from 1845. The important collection, including early colonial publications and books on mining, natural science, exploration and history, is separately included on the Victorian Heritage Register. The heritage works, which are supported by the City of Ballarat and Central Highlands Water, will enable the building’s basement to be safely used by the public and its members for the extensive outreach and educational programs it provides. The $60 million Living Heritage Program is the largest ever Victorian Government investment in the conservation of Victoria’s significant heritage places and objects. The program launched in 2016, and through the 2019-20 State Budget has been extended to 2023. The Labor Government has invested an extra $9 million over four years for competitive community heritage grants targeting ‘at risk’ heritage places and objects. Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “Victoria is lucky to be home to so many beautiful and historic mechanics institutes and we’re proud to be supporting the refurbishment of this one, which is such an important part of Ballarat’s history.” “The investment will open up the basement of this iconic building, enabling the Institute to expand its work promoting Ballarat’s rich working history.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “The Mechanics Institute has been a foundation of the Ballarat community, and these works will ensure this venue can continue to deliver much-loved outreach and education programs.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Often the best way to preserve heritage places is to ensure they can be appreciated and used by local communities – and the work here at the Ballarat Mechanics institute is a great example of this.”

Preserving A Ballarat Icon

Works to preserve, protect and open up one of Ballarat’s most historic buildings has begun, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. The Ballarat Mechanics Institute will receive $175,000 from round four of the Living Heritage Program for works to the basement of the iconic building, which was built in 1860. The Mechanics Institute is one of the few in Victoria to continuously provide library services to the community and contains a significant collection of books, newspapers and journals from Ballarat and overseas dating from 1845. The important collection, including early colonial publications and books on mining, natural science, exploration and history, is separately included on the Victorian Heritage Register. The heritage works, which are supported by the City of Ballarat and Central Highlands Water, will enable the building’s basement to be safely used by the public and its members for the extensive outreach and educational programs it provides. The $60 million Living Heritage Program is the largest ever Victorian Government investment in the conservation of Victoria’s significant heritage places and objects. The program launched in 2016, and through the 2019-20 State Budget has been extended to 2023. The Labor Government has invested an extra $9 million over four years for competitive community heritage grants targeting ‘at risk’ heritage places and objects. Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne “Victoria is lucky to be home to so many beautiful and historic mechanics institutes and we’re proud to be supporting the refurbishment of this one, which is such an important part of Ballarat’s history.” “The investment will open up the basement of this iconic building, enabling the Institute to expand its work promoting Ballarat’s rich working history.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “The Mechanics Institute has been a foundation of the Ballarat community, and these works will ensure this venue can continue to deliver much-loved outreach and education programs.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Often the best way to preserve heritage places is to ensure they can be appreciated and used by local communities – and the work here at the Ballarat Mechanics institute is a great example of this.”

Supporting Ballarat Young People With Stable Housing

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure young people at risk of homelessness in Ballarat have a roof over their heads. Minister for Housing Richard Wynne visited five new townhouses built by the Labor Government, and met the tenants who have begun moving into the two-bedroom dwellings. The townhouses in Mount Pleasant were built as part of the Labor Government’s Accommodation for Homeless program. The CHAnge (Central Highlands Area nurture, grow, engage) project was one of eight projects across the state to receive funding for new or improved properties. The Accommodation for Homeless program is all about addressing homelessness by growing and improving the supply of crisis accommodation and long-term housing so that Victorians facing crisis can get their lives back on track. The CHAnge project is being driven by the Government in partnership with the Uniting Church, Uniting Housing Australia, SalvoConnect Western, Ballarat Community Health, Child and Family Services Ballarat, Berry Street and Uniting Tas Vic. CHAnge provides short-term accommodation to help young people build a more positive future. It’s targeted towards people aged 16 to 23 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Tenants are supported by dedicated youth homelessness workers to help young people learn to live independently, return to education or find stable jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “We’re backing Ballarat youths and helping them turn their lives around by making sure they have the safety and security of a roof over their head.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Getting a job and studying is only achievable with a roof over your head. These homes will help break the cycle of homelessness so young people can get back on their feet.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s chance for young people who have reached tough times to get back on track with the help of experts.”

Supporting Ballarat Young People With Stable Housing

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure young people at risk of homelessness in Ballarat have a roof over their heads. Minister for Housing Richard Wynne visited five new townhouses built by the Labor Government, and met the tenants who have begun moving into the two-bedroom dwellings. The townhouses in Mount Pleasant were built as part of the Labor Government’s Accommodation for Homeless program. The CHAnge (Central Highlands Area nurture, grow, engage) project was one of eight projects across the state to receive funding for new or improved properties. The Accommodation for Homeless program is all about addressing homelessness by growing and improving the supply of crisis accommodation and long-term housing so that Victorians facing crisis can get their lives back on track. The CHAnge project is being driven by the Government in partnership with the Uniting Church, Uniting Housing Australia, SalvoConnect Western, Ballarat Community Health, Child and Family Services Ballarat, Berry Street and Uniting Tas Vic. CHAnge provides short-term accommodation to help young people build a more positive future. It’s targeted towards people aged 16 to 23 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Tenants are supported by dedicated youth homelessness workers to help young people learn to live independently, return to education or find stable jobs. Quote attributable to Minister for Housing Richard Wynne “We’re backing Ballarat youths and helping them turn their lives around by making sure they have the safety and security of a roof over their head.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle “Getting a job and studying is only achievable with a roof over your head. These homes will help break the cycle of homelessness so young people can get back on their feet.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison “This is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s chance for young people who have reached tough times to get back on track with the help of experts.”

Boosting early years facilities for Wendouree families

The Andrews Government is building new and upgrading early learning facilities across the state, as it gets on with delivering universal Three-Year-Old Kinder. Labor Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, today announced Ballarat City Council will receive a $50,000 grant to upgrade facilities at Goodstart Early Learning in Wendouree. The project will see the installation of climbing equipment in the kindergarten yard. It’s part of the Labor Government’s $33.6 million investment in the 2019/20 Budget for the Children’s Facilities Capital Program and Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program. Funding has been allocated through the program to build new and upgrade existing early years facilities to support the roll-out of funded three-year-old programs, as well as four-year-old kinder. In an Australian-first, the Labor Government is investing nearly $5 billion over the next ten years to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children. Ms Addison said the upgrade is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to early childhood services in regional Victoria. “This is about boosting early learning facilities in Wendouree and this exciting new project will ensure local kids can get the most out of their time at kindergarten,” Ms Addison said.

Boosting early years facilities for Wendouree families

The Andrews Government is building new and upgrading early learning facilities across the state, as it gets on with delivering universal Three-Year-Old Kinder. Labor Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, today announced Ballarat City Council will receive a $50,000 grant to upgrade facilities at Goodstart Early Learning in Wendouree. The project will see the installation of climbing equipment in the kindergarten yard. It’s part of the Labor Government’s $33.6 million investment in the 2019/20 Budget for the Children’s Facilities Capital Program and Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program. Funding has been allocated through the program to build new and upgrade existing early years facilities to support the roll-out of funded three-year-old programs, as well as four-year-old kinder. In an Australian-first, the Labor Government is investing nearly $5 billion over the next ten years to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children. Ms Addison said the upgrade is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to early childhood services in regional Victoria. “This is about boosting early learning facilities in Wendouree and this exciting new project will ensure local kids can get the most out of their time at kindergarten,” Ms Addison said.

Sporting clubs in Ballarat set to benefit from VicHealth funding

There are more opportunities for people living in Ballarat to get active and healthy with six local sporting clubs sharing in over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth for sports clubs across the state. Through VicHealth’s funding, local sports clubs have created more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs, and providing facilities and equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community. The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background. Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 50 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote active lifestyles as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active. Labor MP for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, today visited Ballarat City Rowing Club to announce the successful recipients of VicHealth grants, including: $3,000 for Ballarat City Rowing Club to introduce a Mothers and Daughters learn-to-row program. $2,960 for Ballarat District Golf to introduce a rookie program to their successful Girls Development Squad. $2,416 for Ballarat Lawn Tennis Club to introduce new social tennis opportunities. $3,000 for Ballarat Squash and Racquetball Association to introduce a program for children aged 9-12. $3,000 for Ballarat Tenpin Bowling Association to introduce a program for primary school aged children with a disability. $3,000 for Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club to introduce a program to draw previous rowers back to the sport. Ms Addison said she’s excited to see more activities, teams and opportunities for less active people in the community to get involved in sport. “Active Club Grants help to create more fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” Ms Addison said. “Being involved in community sport is a great outlet for everyone, where you can make new friends and improve your own health and wellbeing. There are great opportunities for people in Ballarat to join a local club and get active. “Local clubs and associations contribute play such an important role in our community, and I’m proud to support this funding to help them provide great opportunities for the people of Ballarat to get involved,” she said. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways. “We’re thrilled to be able to support local sport clubs in Ballarat to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy,” Dr Demaio said. For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub

Sporting clubs in Ballarat set to benefit from VicHealth funding

There are more opportunities for people living in Ballarat to get active and healthy with six local sporting clubs sharing in over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth for sports clubs across the state. Through VicHealth’s funding, local sports clubs have created more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs, and providing facilities and equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community. The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background. Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 50 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote active lifestyles as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active. Labor MP for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, today visited Ballarat City Rowing Club to announce the successful recipients of VicHealth grants, including: $3,000 for Ballarat City Rowing Club to introduce a Mothers and Daughters learn-to-row program. $2,960 for Ballarat District Golf to introduce a rookie program to their successful Girls Development Squad. $2,416 for Ballarat Lawn Tennis Club to introduce new social tennis opportunities. $3,000 for Ballarat Squash and Racquetball Association to introduce a program for children aged 9-12. $3,000 for Ballarat Tenpin Bowling Association to introduce a program for primary school aged children with a disability. $3,000 for Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club to introduce a program to draw previous rowers back to the sport. Ms Addison said she’s excited to see more activities, teams and opportunities for less active people in the community to get involved in sport. “Active Club Grants help to create more fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” Ms Addison said. “Being involved in community sport is a great outlet for everyone, where you can make new friends and improve your own health and wellbeing. There are great opportunities for people in Ballarat to join a local club and get active. “Local clubs and associations contribute play such an important role in our community, and I’m proud to support this funding to help them provide great opportunities for the people of Ballarat to get involved,” she said. VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways. “We’re thrilled to be able to support local sport clubs in Ballarat to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy,” Dr Demaio said. For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub