A $300,000 commitment from the Coalition to upgrade Birallee Park will help Wodonga Raiders Football and Netball Club fulfill its potential.
Nationals candidate for Indi Mark Byatt and Liberal candidate Steve Martin stood side-by-side on Monday to announce $150,000 for new lighting around the oval and $150,000 for a new netball court and lighting.
Raiders club board member Stephen Hudson said the club have "outgrown" their current facilities..
"We have been working with local council as well as Mark and Steve for quite a while to recognise the current shortfalls and challenges we have got from an infrastructure point of view," he said.
"We see the money as forming part of giving the club the chance to finish everything off to its full potential.
"The girls are finding themselves having to train off site which is challenging in itself."
Mr Hudson said the upgrades will benefit the netball teams on game day as well as in the pre-season.
"Trying to find a space to run around and warm up on game day has been a challenge for the netballers so we think a new court is just due recognition for their contribution to the club as well to give them the facilities that they need," he said.
"The netball club are able to potentially run some pre-season camps with the new facilities.
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"I think showcasing Birallee as a major centre for other areas to come in and act like a sort of a feeder is great."
Mr Byatt said despite a "competitive" environment between the two candidates he was pleased to stand together to make the announcement just five days out from election day.
"It has been a great campaign and a lot of work goes in behind the scenes but we are a real show at this," he said.
"It is the last week, the last quarter, so we will be up and about and having a real go at it.
"I've been speaking with Raiders over a long period about ensuring their facilities are modern to cater for increased participation as Wodonga's population grows."
Mr Martin said the Wodonga community is an "active one" and facilities need to be able to encourage participation.
"We know our community is an active one and we certainly don't want facilities to be a barrier towards participation," he said.
"We know our football and netball clubs are a key at building participation and growing our community cohesion so we want our men and women to be engaged in these clubs.
"These upgrades will mean that more teams will be able to train for longer and the additional court is going to open up opportunities for participation."
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