Thursday, 28th February 2019

The growing female ranks of the Nilma Darnum Bombers can say goodbye to change rooms that are not fit for purpose, with the Andrews Labor Government supporting the construction of female friendly facilities at the club.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced a new pavilion will be built at the Bombers’ Darnum home ground, with $500,000 from the Labor Government’s Female Friendly Facilities Fund alongside support from Baw Baw Shire Council.

For too long, the Bombers’ netballers have had no dedicated change rooms, instead changing in an outdated netball shelter. The funding will replace the shelter with a new pavilion complete with two female friendly change rooms, an umpires’ change room, accessible public toilets, an administration office, kitchenette and extra storage.

Once the new pavilion is in action, nearby Darnum Primary School and community groups will also be able to use the new facilities.

With more women and girls signing up to local football and netball teams than ever before, the Female Friendly Facilities Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to sports and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get active.

The Labor Government has invested over $630 million in community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria since 2014, and the Victorian Budget 2018/19 included almost half a billion dollars to support sport and active recreation at all levels.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“More women than ever before are signing up for local sports teams – but many clubs like the Bombers are being held back by outdated or non-existent facilities. We’re proud to be making sport accessible to everyone.”

“This new pavilion is a game-changer. Bombers women and girls can say goodbye to changing under an ageing shelter, with the facilities they deserve to play the sport they love.”