The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a brand new sports and recreation hub for Upwey Tecoma.

Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino to open the Upwey Tecoma Recreational Sporting Hub (UTCRASH), which was funded with $1.5 million from the Labor Government.

The UTCRASH is a modern recreation and sporting facility that will boost the development of sport and serve as a hub for community meetings and social gatherings.

It is expected to be used by more than 1,150 school students and staff, as well as 23 community groups that have more than 2,500 members.

A grant of $1 million from Growing Suburbs Fund (GSF) was provided towards the UTCRASH, as well as $500,000 from Sport and Recreation Victoria. Yarra Ranges Council contributed $1.1 million to the development of the site.

The project was also made possible thanks to $500,000 from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants Programme,  $250,000 from The Bendigo Community Bank and $250,000 from the community.


The UTCRASH is one of many local projects delivered by the GSF, including the Belgrave Community Hub, Lilydale Lake Playground Upgrade, Kimberley Reserve Active Living Hub, Belgrave South Community Sports Pavilion and the Eastern Ranges Regional Facilities Upgrade.

The GSF targets high priority projects that improve the liveability of communities in Victoria’s 10 interface councils on Melbourne’s fringe.

The $150 million GSF has delivered $8.3 million to Yarra Ranges Shire Council over four years, including $2.8 million for three more projects as part of the 2017-19 funding round.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz

“We know how important this facility is for the Upwey Tecoma community – that’s why we backed it with funding.”

“Sport and recreation centres keep local communities thriving and this is the kind of project we’re going to continue delivering for Victorians.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“We promised we would deliver this facility and now it’s ready for everyone to enjoy.”

“The UTCRASH will be a fantastic hub for everything from the chess club to Tae-Kwon-Do.”

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