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The construction of a modern multi-use sports pavilion to be officially opened today in Churchill will promote economic growth and boost sporting participation in the region, particularly among female players.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the new pavilion was an important piece of community infrastructure that would establish Churchill as a regional hub for sports promotion and education, while also supporting local hockey teams and soccer players.

“The new multi-use two-storey pavilion, adjoining the synthetic sports field, includes a sports-specific classroom and tutorial space for those who want to take their passion to the next level, including Federation University sports science students,” Mr Chester said.

“This facility will increase the capacity and expertise of local sporting groups by providing a venue for coaching, umpiring and sport development programs and courses, while the new change rooms will help to boost the participation and development of female players.

“This project has also supported local jobs with Traralgon’s Rick Doultree Builders undertaking the construction work.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the investment was a key priority for the region and would encourage greater community participation in sports and recreation.

“This huge investment in the Latrobe region will deliver economic benefits for years to come, with 12 jobs supported during construction and further economic activity to come as the result of major sporting events now able to be held at the new facility,” Mr McCormack said.

Latrobe City Council mayor, Cr Darrell White OAM said funding for the project was a collaboration between Federal and State Governments, Federation University and Council, supported by a $20,000 contribution from the Latrobe Valley Hockey Association.

“This partnership approach, plus the fact that the project was delivered by a local builder, has provided a facility that the wider community can embrace. The amenities that are included in the pavilion underline the importance of providing facilities that boost the participation of women in sports,” Mr White said.

“The pavilion also has a dual purpose, providing a well-equipped home for the hockey association and its players and visitors as well as giving the students and staff of Federation University a place for training and education. This maximised investment delivers a fantastic asset to our community.”

This project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $200,000, the Victorian Government $650,000, Latrobe City Council $415,000, Federation University $415,000 and Latrobe Valley Hockey Association $20,000.

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