Brighter, better at Macedon

Good day for Macedon: pictured on the Tony Clarke oval are (from left) Riddell District Football League's operations manager Steve Williams, 2016 best and fairest winner Casey Summerfield, Macedon football captain James Wright, Sports Minister John Eren, Macedon netball senior coach and 2016 Ryan Medallist Ciara Stewart and Cr Bill West.

Good day for Macedon: pictured on the Tony Clarke oval are (from left) Riddell District Football League's operations manager Steve Williams, 2016 best and fairest winner Casey Summerfield, Macedon football captain James Wright, Sports Minister John Eren, Macedon netball senior coach and 2016 Ryan Medallist Ciara Stewart and Cr Bill West.

Footballers, netballers and tennis players will be able to train more often and safely into the evening with a major lighting upgrade to proceed at Macedon's Tony Clarke Reserve.

There was an enthusiastic welcome for Victoria's Minister for Sport, John Eren, and district parliamentary representative Mary-Anne Thomas when they visited Macedon's main sporting complex last week.

They announced an allocation of $100,000 from Labor's Country Football and Netball Program to go towards the major project to install new lighting on the netball and tennis courts, and brighter lights for the football oval.

The overall project cost is $428,000, Macedon Ranges Shire Council allocating $258,000, and the Macedon sporting user groups $70,000.

The lighting upgrade will bring lighting on the oval up to AFL standard for night matches, and enable more club and community event to be held at the precinct at night.

Various Macedon sporting bodies were represented, and Mr Eren said football and netball clubs were often the heart and soul of regional communities.

"That's why we're supporting local clubs and building the facilities they deserve.

"Sport plays a really important part in our lives," he added.

Ms Thomas said the investment was well overdue, and the new lighting would mean more footy, netball and tennis, more of the time.

She said it was always great to see clubs working together for general betterment, and praised the local level contribution towards the project.

Macedon Football Netball Club president Terry Kernan officially welcomed the government representatives, thanking them for their support on what was a very proud day for Macedon.

Mr Kernan said it was becoming more onerous to run sporting organisations, and advocated a united approach among the Macedon sporting groups.

Speaking briefly on behalf of the shire council, Cr Bill West reflected on the benefits that sports participation can bring to communities, families and individuals. He said Tony Clarke Reserve had grown into an excellent sporting complex in Macedon Ranges, and hoped the Sports Minister would be able to support other projects in the shire in the future.

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