Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — (12 285) My request is to the Minister for Sport. The action I seek and request and encourage the minister to do is to provide the $2 million in funding being sought by the Ringwood Cricket Club and Maroondah council in this coming budget for their major facility and ground redevelopment at Jubilee Park. The funds will enable the expansion with a modern, purpose‑specific, state‑of‑the‑art facility with sportsground and wicket renovations as well as a major lighting upgrade and landscaping. The facilities are currently home to the Ringwood Cricket Club, the Ringwood Football Club and the Ringwood Spiders all‑abilities football and netball club. The expansion would help the cricket club to realise their dream of hosting Women’s National Cricket League matches and Women’s Big Bash League matches and to continue to host more Cricket Australia Futures League matches.
As someone who was a sports fanatic as a kid, I know firsthand how important sport is to our young people and to our health and wellbeing. Having the facilities to cater for female and male sport for the increasing number of people, including youth, engaging in sport and recreation is necessary. I trust that the minister will take into consideration my request for the budget bid that is supported by the clubs and Maroondah council.