Liberal Nationals unlock grassroots sport at Caulfield Racecourse

A Liberal-Nationals government will invest $4.25 million towards unlocking local community sporting grounds within the Caulfield Racecourses precinct.

Known locally as Caulfield’s best-kept secret, the centre of the Caulfield Racecourse hosts 15 MCG’s worth of open public space, space that is currently underutilised by locals, visitors and Caulfield’s growing sporting clubs.

The City of Glen Eira has the lowest proportion of open public land of any municipality in Victoria and with a growing population, local sporting clubs are hamstrung by a lack of facilities.

This has affected clubs such as the Ajax Football Club and Caulfield Bears Football Club, which are rapidly expanding in player numbers – including female teams, yet struggle to hold training and play matches due to a lack of facilities.

For too long the Caulfield Racecourse has remained underutilised by the local community and this funding will support the development of a new, inclusive vision for the Caulfield Racecourse as a community facility.

Comments attributable to Matthew Guy, Leader of the Opposition:

“Labor’s out of control and unplanned population growth means there aren’t enough sports grounds we need to keep our kids healthy and active. We will get back in control of population growth by upgrading and creating more sporting facilities for our community.

“Unlike Daniel Andrews, the Liberal Nationals won’t hand over millions of dollars to the AFL to spend on Etihad Stadium. Our goal will be to prioritise funding to local sports clubs to help local kids stay active and healthy.”

Comments attributable to David Southwick, Member for Caulfield:

“Glen Eira has the lowest proportion of open space of any Victorian municipality and I am determined to unlock this wonderful community space for all locals to use and enjoy.

“Our growing local sporting clubs are struggling to find grounds to play, especially with more and more female teams, and our plan will create a new sports precinct in this unused space.

“We will also ensure that further development of the reserve will explore additional park, play and recreational facilities as part of the masterplan.”