I have asked the Government in Parliament why it has only committed a quarter of the funds that were requested and are needed to upgrade the 40-year-old Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre. The government was asked to contribute $10 million this year to this $30.1 million redevelopment of the centre. The upgrade will deliver a contemporary indoor sports stadium catering for basketball, netball, badminton, table tennis and a range of other sports.
However, as it commonly does to Eltham projects and Eltham residents, this government has short-changed our community by contributing only 25 per cent of what was asked for. This government has a history of failing to deliver the necessary money to properly fund Eltham amenities. Two similar projects are the Bolton Street upgrade and the Eltham North Reserve.
We want to understand why Eltham is continuing to miss out on vital government funds. I have asked the minister to explain this significant underfunding of the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre.