The long awaited transformation of the Lakes Entrance Football Netball Club changerooms is officially complete.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the $500,000 upgrade was great news for all users of the Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve.
“The upgrade includes multi-use changerooms, accessible toilets and new umpire facilities,” Mr Chester said.
“The previous facilities were old, tired and in need of an upgrade to cater for the growing number of females involved in the club.
“These upgrades provide players, trainers and officials with the facilities they deserve.
“The new facilities at the Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve will service Lakes Entrance and the wider community for many years to come.”
Mr Chester said the new changerooms were officially named the Peter ‘Turtle’ Stewart memorial in honour of a local sporting and community legend.
“Turtle was well known around East Gippsland for this involvement as a player, umpire and volunteer official in a number of sporting organisations particularly the Lakes Entrance Football Club,” Mr Chester said.
“It is a great honour and a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to our community.”
Lakes Entrance Football Netball Club secretary, Michelle Baade said the Lakes Entrance community had been working for many years to finally get these works done.
“The Lakes Entrance community has something to look forward to and these improved facilities will encourage more people to participate in sport,” Ms Baade said.
Mr Chester secured $360,000 towards the project through the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program. The Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve provided the remaining funds.