The Collingwood Football Clubâ€™s plans to establish new community facilities at Olympic Park have become a reality.
The Federal Government have announced a $10 million contribution towards the project.
Collingwood will work with the Federal Government and Melbourne & Olympic Parks to establish major new community facilities linked to the Westpac Centre in the heart of the Olympic Park Precinct in Melbourne.
The project is designed to open up the precinct and a range of facilities to greater community use and engagement. The new facilities will consist of a split level sports, events and training complex connected to the Westpac Centre and adjacent to a new MCG sized sports oval being built at Olympic Park.
At the announcement Collingwood President Eddie McGuire said, â€śThe new community facilities will complete our three pillars community strategy by combining our community centre at Victoria Park, our partnership at the Peopleâ€™s Ground the MCG, and a new community facility linked to the Westpac Centre in the heart of Olympic Park.â€ť
The new CFC Community Centre has been designed to have a special emphasis on providing a safe training environment for women, on connecting links to the Tan Track and Yarra River bike trails and to providing special opportunities for grass roots sports clubs and community groups.â€ť
The Olympic Park Precinct is one of the great sporting and event precincts of the world and I would like to acknowledge the work that the State Government and the Melbourne & Olympic Park Trust is doing in managing and developing the precinct. I look forward to working with them further to plan and implement this project. I would also like to pay tribute to the Federal Government for their commitment to supporting community sport and addressing inactivity and obesity in our society.â€ť
The Federal Governmentâ€™s commitment of $10 million will go directly to the community facilities which are estimated to cost $15 million. Collingwood will make a further contribution as well as seeking funding from other partners to complete the project.
The new centreâ€™s key objective will be to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of the community by educating, inspiring and involving people in physical activity â€“ with a particular focus on women and young people.
The community facilities at Olympic Park will also have links to Collingwoodâ€™s Community Centre at Victoria Park which has established a series of programs and services for young people and also supports the clubâ€™s growing multi- cultural and indigenous programs.
It is with great pride that I can advise the members of the Collingwood Football Club that our plans to establish new community facilities at Olympic Park are now a reality.
Thanks to the Federal Governmentâ€™s $10 million contribution to the project, our club can realise its vision of establishing the largest grassroots community sporting facility of its kind in Australia.
This is an historic announcement for our club and for the Victorian community.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the support of the Federal Government for this project. In particular I would like to acknowledge the contributions of the Minister for Employment Bill Shorten, and the Minster for Sport Kate Lundy.
This project is testament to the Governmentâ€™s ongoing support for community sport and its commitment to addressing inactivity and obesity in our society.
The new facilities will help to open up the precinct to greater community use and engagement and will have a special emphasis on providing a safe training environment for women, and links to the Tan Track and Yarra River bike trails.
I would also like to acknowledge the work of the Victorian State Government and the Melbourne & Olympic Park Trust in managing and developing the precinct. We appreciate their ongoing support and look forward to working with them further to implement this project.
I have no doubt that it will make a very valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of our community by educating, inspiring and involving people in physical activity â€“ with a particular focus on women and young people.
I believe all Collingwood members can be enormously proud of our role in this project. It completes the clubâ€™s three pillars strategy by linking our Community Centre at Victoria Park; our partnership at the Peopleâ€™s Ground the MCG; and major new community facilities in the heart of Olympic Park, one of the great sporting and event precincts of the world.
On behalf of all Collingwood members and supporters I would again like to thank the Federal Government for its tremendous support for an important and valuable project that will deliver very significant social and economic benefits to the community.