Better sporting facilities at Eltham High School a boost for the local

Published on 11 October 2017

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The Nillumbik community is set to reap the benefits of new sporting facilities at Eltham High School through a joint use partnership between Nillumbik Shire Council and the school.

A $3.3 million Victorian Government grant announced today will enable the school to install new sportsground lighting, upgrade and expand its multi-sports courts, construct new unisex change rooms and improve car parking.

Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor Cr Peter Clarke today welcomed the funding announcement, which is part of the State Government’s Shared Facilities Fund, saying it paved the way to increase local residents’ access to high quality sports facilities.

“This is a great announcement and is something that the school community, local sports clubs and Council have been working for some time to achieve,” Cr Clarke said.

“Entering into a joint use partnership with the school will go a long way to helping reduce a shortfall in seasonal sporting facilities and will support our goal of getting more people more active.

“Participation in sport is very high across the Shire and additional sportsgrounds are needed to respond to this growing demand. Optimising existing school facilities will help address this unmet community need.”

Leisure and Social Infrastructure portfolio Chair Cr Bruce Ranken, said the arrangement will deliver a number of community benefits, including helping boost female participation in sport.

“The improvements will provide greater opportunities for participation and means that some of our clubs can relocate from outside the Shire for training, social programs and competitions,” Cr Ranken said. 

The Joint Use Agreement will see Eltham High School and the Department of Education and Training co-fund the development. Nillumbik Shire Council will contribute to the ongoing maintenance and asset renewal of the school’s sportsground, pavilion and multi-use sports courts.