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The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is helping Morwell Croquet Club secure funding for much-needed upgrades.

Mr Chester is backing plans for a $100,000 upgrade to the croquet club to complement other works underway at the Morwell Recreation Reserve.

Mr Chester has announced $5 million from the Federal Government for the Morwell Recreation Reserve, targeting the netball courts and shared netball and cricket pavilion.

He said Morwell Croquet Club members wanted their facilities upgraded as part of the multi-million investment.

“The Morwell Croquet Club has been operating for nearly 90 years and current facilities are significantly outdated and don’t meet the needs of members,” Mr Chester said.

“The club hosts a number of key events each year which bring people into the town and supports a range of other local clubs and services, including Headway and Kurnai College.

“I’m supporting the club’s plans for an expansion and I’ve had productive discussions with Latrobe City Council on ways to improve the current facilities.”

Morwell Croquet Club President George Harris said Morwell Croquet Club was well used throughout the entire year.

“New facilities would help us to attract new members and more volunteers and cater for disabled members who come to our club,” Mr Harris said.

“We are looking for funding for an all abilities uni-sex toilet, seating, replacement of the boundary fence on the western end, replacement of shelters and a new sealed car park.”

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