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Toongabbie Cricket Club is set to buy a new centre wicket roller with funding support from the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Federal Government would provide $5000 to fund half of the cost of the new roller, with the club paying the remainder.

“Local sporting clubs make an important contribution to community life,” Mr Chester said. “Run by volunteers for their communities, these clubs can find it difficult to raise the money required to make significant purchases.

“I’m proud to be able to help Toongabbie Cricket Club to buy a piece of equipment that will have a benefit for the wider community.”

Toongabbie Cricket Club President Mark Bass said the new roller would enable the wicket to be better prepared.

“The new centre wicket roller will help our volunteers to safely prepare the wicket to a higher standard than previously,” Mr Bass said.

“If our wicket is better, our club will be able to apply to host key games, such as Gippsland Cricket League games, finals matches and rep games, and bring more people to our town.”

Toongabbie Cricket Club is one of 19 organisations in Gippsland to receive funding support so far under the round three of the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program.

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