Monday, 12 December 2016


Grassroots sports clubs in Gippsland have won $43,176 in grants to help more women and girls play the sports they love.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing MP, today announced fourteen recipients of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program.

The program is all about boosting access to grassroots sport and recreation so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle.

The grants will help clubs establish new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get out on the pitch, and assist clubs that are starting up a social or modified sport program.

Some 145 clubs across the state have shared in $400,000 to buy vital sports equipment, uniforms and safety gear that will encourage more people to participate in sport and recreation.

Successful recipients in Gippsland include:

  • Korumburra-Bena Football Netball Club will receive $2960 for jumpers and shorts.
  • Callignee and Traralgon South Cricket Club will receive $3000 for uniforms.

The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to grow women’s participation in sport, so female athletes have the same opportunities and the same facilities as everyone else.

We’re the sporting state, and it doesn’t happen by chance. Our $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping communities all over Victoria to upgrade tired facilities and build the great grassroots venues they deserve.

The fund includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training.

This is the biggest ever investment in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government.

Last month we unveiled our new Change Our Game campaign to help more women and girls earn leadership roles in sport such as coaches, officials, board members and senior executives.

Labor’s Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019 outlines key priorities over four years to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, particularly the most disadvantaged.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

“We want everyone in Gippsland to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or ability.”

“Congratulations to grassroots clubs in Gippsland who have won this grant to get more people moving and involved in new and fun social ways of playing sport.”

“For too long female sport participation rates have been lower than males. We’re fixing that, creating more opportunities for women and girls to play sport and building the world-class facilities they deserve.”

Club Amount Primary Purpose
East Gippsland United Football Club $3,000 2 full size goal nets
Lindenow Recreation and Bowling Club $3,000 6 x Sets of Lawn Bowls
Korumburra Golf Club INC $1,997 6 X starter sets of clubs (including bag)
Korumburra-Bena Football Netball Club $2,960 Jumpers
Nambrok Newry Junior Football Club Inc. $1,589 6 netballs
Foster Tennis Club Incorporated $2,957 Fast4 Affiliation
Sale Tennis Club $3,000 24 tennis racquets
Callignee & Traralgon South Cricket Club $3,000 15 uniforms
Combined Gippsland Basketball Association Inc. $9,340 10 Wheelchairs
Latrobe Valley Ten Pin Bowling Association Inc. $3,000 Bowl Patrol carpet lanes
Monash Soccer Club $3,000 2 x Full sized Portable Goals
Traralgon Table Tennis Association Inc. $3,000 26 x Table Tennis bats
Morwell Tennis Club $1,238 20 x tennis racquets
Moe United Soccer Club $2,095 10 x soccer balls