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Monday, 8 September 2014

LABOR TO FUND WOMEN’S SPORTS CHANGE ROOMS

Victorian Labor will establish a $10 million grant fund to build and upgrade women change rooms and facilities at sports clubs, around the State.

For too long, women’s change rooms have been an afterthought when developing sports facilities. Labor will work with local clubs, sports organisations and Local Government to make them a priority.

Many womens sports teams, including those with younger players and officials, are forced to use male change rooms, car parks or secluded areas at sports grounds. It’s unfair.

Mr Andrews commented today:

“Women and girls who play sport deserve equal facilities and Labor will help local clubs with the upgrade.”

“Clubs have been calling for assistance – Denis Napthine has done nothing but Labor has listened.”

“Women shouldn’t be forced to get changed in the storage sheds because they want to play sport and get active. It’s unfair.”

The Shadow Minister for Sport, John Eren also commented:

“Local sporting clubs and organisations have been telling us that the lack of women’s change rooms does have an impact on whether female sportspeople, particularly young girls, stay in a sport or not.”

“As a father of a daughter, I know the concerns parents have about having to scramble in a car park to get changed before a game in front of other people and Labor’s policy hopes to address this issue.”

“Labor will work proactively with local Government and sporting clubs and associations to make these club facility improvements happen.”

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards met today with players and officials involved in Golden Square Soccer Club’s women’s team, who welcomed the announcement as a priority for women’s sports in central Victoria.

Key Facts

•           Contributions of up to $100,000 will be made to councils and sporting organisations on a matched-funding basis, via a bidding process, to upgrade existing clubrooms for women and girls.

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