South Metro Junior Football League players and umpires were on hand as part of Federal Labor’s announcement of a $20 million investment from an elected Labor Government to Hawthorn Football Club’s Kennedy Community Centre to be built in Dingley.
Players from Dingley Dingoes JFC and Mordialloc Braeside JFC along with SMJFL Monarch Umpires were part of the event with Federal Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Hon Anthony Albanese MP also in attendance.
“This facility is built specifically for community use and engagement and will provide much needed gender equal football facilities as well as flexible program delivery and education spaces. A priority of the pavilion is the incorporation of a regional home for not-for-profit community organisations,” Mr Albanese said.
Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves, whose son Ned played in the SMJFL as a junior with East Malvern Knights and is now on Hawthorn’s AFL list, said the facility would focus strongly on driving engagement with wider community.
“Today’s announcement is a significant step forward in our vision to deliver a facility that allows us to remain ahead of the game and enhance our capacity to give back to the community,” said Reeves.
“Working with the community of the City of Kingston it quickly became clear that we had an opportunity to build something really special, a place that could cater to the changing needs of the fast-growing region and increase participation in sport and recreation across the breadth of the community.”