Coalition Funding Helps Light Up Packer Park 27.02.2012

Written on the 27 February 2012

Cycling enthusiasts in Melbourne’s inner south can look forward to new lights at the Packer Park Velodrome, Carnegie, following an $80,000 Victorian Coalition Government funding announcement today.


Making the announcement at the Packer Park Velodrome, Minister for Sport Hugh Delahunty joined Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier and Member for Bentleigh Elizabeth Miller to announce the funding from the latest round of the Community Facility Funding Program – Minor Facilities Grants component.


“Local sporting facilities provide a fantastic outdoor space for the whole community to get together, share their love of sport and recreation, exercise and have fun,” Mr Delahunty said.


“And participation in cycling is on the rise in Victoria with over 40,000 members registered with Bicycle Network Victoria.


“That’s why we’re committing $80,000 to enable the Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club to install long-awaited outdoor lights at the velodrome so they can accommodate a growing membership of over 660 cyclists keen to train and compete day and night.


“This funding commitment ensures communities can continue to depend on local facilities for all their sport and recreation needs.”


Ms Crozier said that the installation of 24 lighting poles will allow extended hours of use at Packer Park Velodrome and provide a first class facility for competitive cyclists within the Southern Metropolitan Region and the district of Oakleigh.


“The improvements to Packer Park will allow this outstanding community facility to be better utilised by the cycling community and I am sure will go a long way to helping the Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club produce the champions of tomorrow”, Ms Crozier Said


Mr Delahunty commended the Glen Eira City Council for committing $55,000 and the Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club for also committing $25,000 towards the Packer Park Velodrome lights project.


Media contact: Darren Lawless 9555 4101

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