The Lloyd Park re-development in Langwarrin is a step closer following a $6 million commitment from local Liberal MPs Chris Crewther and Neale Burgess.
Mr Crewther, the Federal Liberal Member for Dunkley, and Mr Burgess, the State Liberal Member for Hastings, announced the funding to the Langwarrin community this evening.
The project will see Lloyd Park re-developed for the benefit of local community groups including the Langwarrin football, netball, cricket and tennis clubs as well as the Langwarrin Scouts.
The funding boost will see the Federal Liberal Government provide $3 million, with an elected State Liberal Government to match this contribution.
“This is the biggest commitment ever seen for Lloyd Park, and it is a fantastic outcome for the Langwarrin community,” Mr Crewther said.
“With approximately 2000 members, the current space available is proving difficult to allow future growth and this investment will transform Lloyd Park.
“The re-development will encourage greater participation and attendance to the ground and provide a local hub for the wider community to enjoy.
“There is no doubt this project will be of massive benefit to the local football, cricket, tennis, netball and scouting clubs who all call Lloyd Park home.”
The redevelopment will see the construction of new state-of-the-art facilities including new sporting and social rooms; new netball courts; seating; lighting; shade sails; a carpark re-configuration; and a playground.
New male and female change rooms and amenities will also be built to support the growth in female sporting participation and enable all sporting codes to be able to train at appropriate times.
Mr Crewther said that State and Federal Labor must match the $6 million funding pledge to give the community certainty the project will be built.
“This project is well overdue but has been overlooked by a State Labor Government which has ignored the needs of this area of Melbourne,” Mr Crewther said.
“There is no better example of this than the way that they have dragged their feet and refused to commit funding to the $450 million Frankston to Baxter rail upgrade which includes a new station and park-and-ride for Langwarrin.
“Only the State Liberals in-conjunction with the Federal Government are committed to providing the essential services and infrastructure that our growing communities need.”
Mr Crewther said he would work with Frankston City Council to lock in the rest of the funding required for the upgrade so that construction can get underway.
He also commended the State Liberals on initiating a $195 million Grassroots Sport Revival Fund to deliver the funding for local sport, including $89 million to fix and upgrade local sports facilities and $30 million for sports facilities in growth areas.