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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Loddon Valley’s Bears Lagoon Serpentine now has the ultimate home ground advantage thanks to their new sports hub and pavilion. 

Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan cheered on the Bears as they took on arch rivals Newbridge to officially open the new Serpentine Community Hub.

The old memorial hall at Janiember Park has been transformed into a new community space featuring a modern sports pavilion. 

Regional Development Victoria kicked in $800,000 from the package to help upgrade the ageing hall – built around 50 years ago – with new meeting, function and kitchen facilities.

In addition, $100,000 from our Country Football Netball Program gave local footy and netball teams the change rooms and training space they need to welcome more members than ever before.

The change rooms are female-friendly and ensure the Bears can accommodate the growing numbers of women and girls signing up to play.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 invested $332.8 million to improve sports facilities – from grassroots to elite – to cement Victoria as the sporting capital of the world.

The $10 million Female Friendly Facilities Program has been topped up by a further $4 million to build more women’s change rooms across the state.

This is one of the biggest ever investments in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Serpentine Hall and the reserve are the heart and soul of this great community. It’s always a hive of social activity, bringing families and friends together.” 

“We’ve given this hub a modern makeover with new and inclusive facilities that locals deserve, and bigger and better change rooms for grassroots teams to grow their ranks.”

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