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Batting for Point Cook Cricket Club

Point Cook, January 27: The Andrews Labor Government is giving Point Cook Cricket Club (PCCC) the tools and resources it needs to help maintain Victoria’s title as the cricket capital.

Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy today announced that PCCC is one of 61 clubs across Victoria sharing in $153,000 funding as part of the Community Cricket Program: On Common Ground. The Government is partnering with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia to deliver the grants.

Ms Hennessy announced the club would receive a $1,200 grant for the purchase of two turf wicket table covers.

“Point Cook Cricket Club has gone from strength to strength since its move to Saltwater Coast, and it is a great place to learn the game and forge a career. This grant is design to give the club a boost so that it can continue to grow.”

“With investments like these, a future star of the international arena just might be a product of Point Cook”, Ms Hennessy said

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Jill Hennessy, member for Altona

The $12.4 million program is creating renewed opportunities for all Victorians to pick up a bat or ball and enjoy Australia’s national summer pastime. Victorians love their cricket, regularly filling the MCG or Etihad Stadium at KFC Big Bash clashes, while the Boxing Day Test is one of the iconic dates on our sporting calendar.

The 61 grants will help clubs complete important facility upgrades, purchase the latest equipment, or deliver programs that help players, coaches and umpires thrive.

More than 320,000 Victorians play a form of cricket. That’s why the Labor Government is committed to growing the game all over the State. The Government has committed $25 million towards building the Victorian Cricket and Community Centre at Junction Oval, to give our First Class cricketers the base they deserve.

Minister for Sport, John Eren said that the Andrews government would “ bat for grassroots clubs, because we know Victorians just love their cricket.”

“Our clubs work really hard to ensure thousands of Victorians enjoy our national summer pastime each week. We’re helping those clubs reach for the skies.”

PCCC is a local cricket club catering for all members of the community wishing to play cricket. The club currently plays at 5Senior, 9 Junior and Milo In 2 Cricket.

Data from the 2011 Census showed 10,152 people with Indian heritage live in Wyndham, which houses the suburb of Point Cook.

Indian descent population has continuously grown especially in the suburb of Point Cook and it is estimated that almost 6.3 per cent of the city’s population is Indian.

The state average of Indian descent population is 2.5 per cent.

A survey of about 3500 home buyers by Oliver Hume Real Estate Group showed 10 per cent of home buyers in growth-area suburbs were born in India.

Buyers with Chinese and British backgrounds were the next largest group at 3 per cent, closely followed by Sri Lankans at 2.7 per cent. Australians made up about 60 per cent of purchasers.

To become a member of the PCCC, log on to http://pointcook.vic.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/entitydetails.aspx?

                                                                   (RD)

 

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