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Government funding enables construction of recreational infrastructure in the Geelong region

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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Finance Penny Wong

Minister for Trade Richard Marles

Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman


The Rudd Labor Government will build two important local projects to help local residents enjoy fit and healthy lifestyles in the Geelong region.

Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong, Minister for Trade and Member for Corio Richard Marles, and Member for Corangamite, Darren Cheeseman, today announced it would provide funding to build the Leopold Netball Pavilion and the Barwon to Bay Cycleway.

“The Rudd Labor Government is serious about investing in regional and local communities and helping them to meet future challenges and opportunities,” Minister Wong said.

Mr Marles said funding for the netball pavilion and the cycleway were a well-deserved win for the region, and will provide the Geelong community with the sporting and local recreational infrastructure they need as the region continues to grow.

“These investments in community recreational infrastructure will provide benefits for years to come.

“It will enable a huge improvement to the current facilities, particularly for the players and members of the Leopold Football and Netball Club.”

Mr Cheeseman said local residents had been campaigning for these projects for some time.

“Recreational facilities will continue to be an important part of the Geelong region’s liveability.

"Improvements such as the Barwon to Bay Cycleway will ensure the region

maintains its reputation as being a great place to live, work and play."

The $500,000 provided through Regional Development Australia (RDA) will enable the construction of a new netball pavilion, office and umpire facilities at the Leopold Memorial Recreation Reserve.

The Barwon to Bay cycleway will be funded entirely by the RDA contribution of $1,037,000 and will provide a two-way separated cycleway in South Geelong from the Barwon River Bridge to Londsdale Street.

Funding for the project is already in the budget and will be allocated from the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Found Round Five, a total commitment of $1,537,417.

Under this round, grants were allocated to every local council in Australia, giving each the opportunity to make their community’s voice heard by submitting priority local projects.

“These projects build on the Rudd Labor Government’s record investment in regional Australia, including the Better Schools Plan, the National Broadband Network and the Roads to Recovery program - all of which are helping to secure the future of regional communities,” Minister Wong said.

The Rudd Labor Government will work with local councils to ensure projects identified by communities meet value for money assessments and program guidelines.

Further information on the Regional Development Australia Fund is available at


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