Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The 150 players of the Inverloch-Kongwak Eagles Netball Club can look forward to a new female friendly pavilion as well as upgraded netball courts thanks to $500,000 from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Sport John Eren today visited Inverloch Recreation Reserve to announce the funding from the Labor Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund. This project is just one of 43 across Victoria to share in $15 million from the funding program.

Football and netball are as popular as ever and that’s why the Labor Government is delivering the accessible, safe and modern facilities Victoria’s growing communities deserve.

The Eagles growing list of female players have been using inappropriate change facilities and compete on ageing and uneven asphalt courts but the Labor Government is changing that.

The project will bring the courts back to competition standard, install 200 lux LED lighting appropriate for training and night matches and deliver a long awaited female friendly pavilion.

The Female Friendly Facilities Fund is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

It’s backed by almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to ensure sport and active recreation continue to be accessible to everyone regardless of gender or location.

Minister Eren acknowledged the Bass Coast Shire Council and the local community for its commitment and financial contribution to the project.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“Women deserve the same opportunities as men, and with record numbers of women and girls signing up to play local sport, we’re making sure facilities are up to scratch here in Inverloch and all over Victoria.”

“We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or what gender they are.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“We want all Victorians to get out there and get active, so we’re investing in the facilities these local clubs need to welcome more members.”

Quote attributable to Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation Dr Bridie O’Donnell

“Providing modern facilities is an important factor in increasing participation for Victorian women and girls – I welcome today’s funding boost which will inspire more females to join in the fun in Inverloch.”