HASTINGS ELECTORATE

My question is to the Acting Minister for Sport. During the term of the Liberal-Nationals government a commitment of $1 million was made to fund sporting facilities at the Langwarrin, Somerville and Pearcedale football, netball and cricket clubs.

This government has since removed that funding allocation. I ask the Acting Minister to provide information on what assistance the Andrews government would be able to provide to upgrade the facilities at Langwarrin, Somerville and Pearcedale sporting precincts, including the provision of lighting of a standard to allow the playing of both night football and cricket.

In addition to being able to play high-grade night-time sports, these lighting enhancements would allow community sporting and cultural events to be held at these venues. Such facilities are lacking throughout the region.

Increasing the hours per day and days per year of use, as well as the range of uses for which these local facilities are suitable, will dramatically increase the social value of these already important community assets. Langwarrin, Somerville and Pearcedale are all vibrant communities, and they deserve the very best in sporting facilities.

The better our sporting facilities are, the more our young people will play sport and the less likely they are to take risks.