It isn’t fair that young girls have to choose between getting changed in the sporting club car park or the boys’ change rooms.
That’s why a Coalition Government will commit $250 million in funding to update and improve community sporting infrastructure right across the nation.
This package is aimed at improving sporting infrastructure right across our country, for the benefit of our young girls and boys who currently operate with poor change room facilities and substandard sporting infrastructure.
The success of the Matildas, the Diamonds and our Women’s Ashes Team has seen a surge in interest in women’s sport, but the next generation of stars need proper facilities at community level to make their way on their chosen sport.
Our priority will be improving sporting infrastructure in population growth areas in outer metropolitan, rural and regional areas: where young families live and where participation in sport is part of the community fabric.
The funding will focus on projects which reduce barriers to participation for women and girls. Funding will also be made available for projects which increase accessibility and improve facilities for children all around Australia.
In the first meeting of National Cabinet under a Coalition Government, we will seek support for this policy, and that each state and territory contribute towards the initiative.
Recipients would need to demonstrate co-funding of at least 20 per cent of the project cost.
Federal Member for Casey, Aaron Violi MP said this funding will be a gamechanger for community sport.
“Having visited many sporting clubs across the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges and the outer-east, I know there has been an exciting surge in female participation in sport,” he said.
“This funding will give future generations of local sporting champions the facilities and infrastructure they deserve,” he said.