Cobram Cricket Club is one of 12 cricket clubs in Victoria to share in more than $52000 in the first round of the CitiPower and Cricket Victoria Canteen Grants program.
This year is the first of the five-year program to improve electrical safety within club facilities, with applicants receiving between $3000 and $5000 each, and Cobram received money to upgrade appliances.
Metropolitan and regional cricket clubs within the CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy distribution network regions were invited to apply for grants to improve electrical infrastructure in their canteens and the safety of club cricketers and volunteers using the facilities.
CitiPower corporate affairs general manager Joanne Pafumi said there was great demand for the grants with almost 60 applications received.
But ultimately, clubs providing evidence of an immediate electrical safety issue during the application process were prioritised.
‘‘It was a real concern to hear about clubs which were dependent on unreliable appliances to service their cricket communities,’’ Ms Pafumi said.
‘‘By meeting an urgent need, we hope the grants will make a difference to keeping people safe as well as help the clubs to get better outcomes from their canteens.’’
Cricket Victoria chief executive Andrew Ingleton welcomed the news.
‘‘As a result of this new initiative, we now have 12 cricket clubs benefiting from the capacity to improve some of their electrical infrastructure. It’s fantastic to see a broad mix of clubs involved in the first round of the program — from Warrnambool to Cobram,’’ Ingleton said.