BURRUMBUTTOCK’S netballers are unlikely to see any funding form the federal government for their dilapidated netball courts.
Greater Hume Council had been counting on a $93,000 grant from the Regional Development Australia fund for an upgrade of Burrumbuttock recreation reserve’s dilapidated netball courts, as promised by Labor in the recent federal election.
But the Coalition will not be funding projects with unsigned contracts, such as that in Burrumbuttock, as the Coalition makes way for its new $200 million per year National Stronger Regions Fund, due to start in 2015.
Yesterday, president of the recreation reserve Daryl Jacob met with member for Farrer Sussan Ley in a last-ditch attempt to try secure some funds.
But Mr Jacob said he was told there was little the federal government could provide at this stage, and that Labor had used the promise as a “sweetener” in the election.
“We’re bitterly disappointed,” he said.
“On the brighter side, we were told there is the possibility of a state government sports and recreation grant we can apply for, which is our last hope really.”
The Border Mail reported yesterday that the courts are in such a state of disrepair, the Brockleby-Burrumbuttock netball teams are unlikely to be able to play any of their games there next year.
Ms Ley said she was committed to meeting and working with local councils and groups across the electorate, including Burrumbuttock, on how they could best secure funding for their projects.
“I am really confident there are other options available to pursue funding for the local netball facilities and have committed to helping Daryl and his team in achieving that,” she said.
“It’s truly disappointing for Burrumbuttock that Labor attempted to hoodwink country communities like this with a funding promises they never intended to keep.”