Significant funding boost for Indigo’s sport and recreation facilities

Published on 26 October 2022

Wahgunyah Pump Track Concept drawing

In a huge funding boost for Indigo’s sport and recreation facilities, Council is set to receive more than $850,000 through the State Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Chiltern’s tennis courts will be redeveloped, a pump track installed at Wahgunyah and the Tangambalanga Active Park and the lighting will be upgraded at Beechworth’s Baarmutha Park. In addition, Yackandandah’s Butson Park will receive funding for the planning and design of its facility redevelopment.

Mayor, Bernard Gaffney says the funding is great news for these communities, with these projects being high on their priority list.

“We know our small, rural communities rely heavily on sporting and recreational amenities to encourage a sense of community, provide options for keeping them healthy, social and active and to attract newcomers to the area.

“To see these fantastic community facilities set to be upgraded and constructed is a brilliant outcome that we’re very grateful for.”

Cr Gaffney said it was particularly exciting to see the funding distributed across the Shire, meaning most communities will benefit.

“We always hope for funding success but we acknowledge that this isn’t always the case, so to have such a large cross-section of our Shire set to benefit from this funding is a real win.”

Five out of the six Indigo Shire applications in this funding round were successful, with Council staff currently working with Sport and Recreation Victoria and the unsuccessful applicant to increase its opportunities for success in future funding rounds.

A full funding breakdown for each project is as follows:

Chiltern Tennis Courts Redevelopment – $300,000

Tangambalanga Active Park Pump Track –  $150,000

Wahgunyah Pump Track – $150,000

Baarmutha Park Floodlighting Project - $220,313

Butson Park Sports Facility Redevelopment Planning and Design - $30,000


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