Kitchen facilities at Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve will be upgraded following the announcement of funding from the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $13,250 for an upgrade of kitchen facilities and a dual-purpose equipment shed.
“The kitchen facilities at Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve are shared by cricket, football and netball clubs and other community groups,” Mr Chester said.
“This funding will improve kitchen facilities for club volunteers and help them to raise funds for equipment and running costs and to keep providing the best possible sporting opportunities in our town.
“The recreation reserve is also a popular venue for private functions which again supports the fundraising efforts of local clubs to maintain their facilities.”
Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve secretary Tracey Le Maitre said the club would purchase and install a commercial dishwasher and construct a dual-purpose equipment shed to be shared between the Lakes Entrance Cricket Club and the Recreation Reserve Committee of Management.
“Currently, there is no secure and undercover storage facilities for items such as the cricket pitch roller, pitch covers, pitch covers trolley and the new, large travelling sprinkler,” Ms Le Maitre said.
“With improved facilities, participation is encouraged and communities are strengthened.”
Mr Chester recently announced a further $360,000 for new and improved changeroom facilities at Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve to cater for female umpires and players and those with a disability.
The reserve is the key sports facility in Lakes Entrance with around 350 users each week, making it one of the busiest venues in East Gippsland.
“The upgrade to changerooms was desperately needed to provide suitable change facilities and encourage young people to participate in the sports on offer,” Mr Chester said.