Daylesford Football and Netball Club will get an additional $5000 toward their new scoreboard for the football oval at Victoria Park as a result of funding from the TAC Club Rewards program.
The Community Bank Daylesford District granted $20,000 to the Club 18 months ago for the purchase and installation of an electronic communication screed that would serve as a scoreboard but would also be capable of presenting other information such as video. However, delays in obtaining building permits have stalled the installation. During the delay, installation have costs almost trebled from about $5,000 to $14,000 because of increases in material costs so the Club was forced to seek additional funding for the installation.
DFNC President, Carson White, was surprised and excited by the TAC announcement. “We haven’t heard from them yet but if TAC has announced it, then I guess it’s official,” said Carson. “We have a builder lined up and we’re just waiting for the rain to ease up so we can pour the foundations.”
More than 150 Victorian football and netball clubs will share in more than half a million dollars for their efforts to promote road safety in their communities. The Victorian Government and Transport Accident Commission are rewarding grassroots clubs across the state for showing their commitment to eliminating death and serious injuries from traffic accidents throughout the 2022 season.
The TAC Club Rewards Program encourages AFL Victoria-affiliated clubs to educate their players and members on the dangers associated with risky driving behaviours such as speed, drink/drug driving, fatigue, and distractions. Successful clubs will put the money towards a range of initiatives including new equipment and uniforms, updated facilities, and education programs covering topics such as mental health and road safety.
Carson is hopeful that the scoreboard will be installed in time for the Daylesford Highland Gathering on December 3. “But if we don’t make that deadline, it will be in place for the start of the Footy season for sure!”