Local cricket clubs boosted by record infrastructure support

CRICKET Victoria, in partnership with Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), will invest more than $1.3 million in Victorian cricket infrastructure projects through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) in 2022/23.

A total of 85 projects were funded this year and will generate more than $38.2 million in partnered investment with federal, state and local governments.

Since the ACIF was first launched, the program has invested nearly $7 million in Victorian cricket facilities, generating a total project value of more than $232 million.

The projects funded include new and redeveloped playing ovals, training nets and practice pitches, pavilions, change rooms and amenities among other facilities.

Cricket Victoria chief executive Nick Cummins said facilities were a critical asset for growth.

“Our infrastructure program – through the ACIF and our partnership with Cricket Australia and the ACA – has a real and visible outcome for cricket clubs. New and upgraded facilities – big or small – are fundamental to retain participants, support growth and ensure cricket remains really desirable to be involved in,” Cummins said.

Cricket Victoria Local Government and Infrastructure Manager, Callum Dean said the program continued to be heavily-subscribed by clubs and councils across the state.

“The ACIF has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the cricket community and Victoria has been a leading beneficiary of this program since inception,” Dean said.

“This year we had in excess of 120 applications and to be able to fund almost 100 of those requests is a great outcome. We also take a proactive approach to those projects that we weren’t able to fund this year – we continue to support their preparation and conversations with local stakeholders so they can re-apply in the next round.”

Applications for the next round of funding for the ACIF in Victoria will open on January, 29, 2024.