Work has begun on female friendly sports facilities in Barkers Creek and Castlemaine.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today broke ground on upgrades to the pavilions at Barkers Creek Recreation Reserve and Wesley Hill Recreation Reserve, made possible thanks to $196,000 funding from the Andrews Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund – Female Friendly Facilities category.

Barkers Creek Reserve is used by the local cricket club and is popular for community events, but has outside toilets and no female facilities making it difficult for the club to field female teams.

The redevelopment will see new female friendly change facilities, indoor toilets, accessible facilities and an upgraded pavilion.

At Wesley Hill, a brand new multi-purpose pavilion is being built with female friendly facilities for players and umpires, accessible amenities, first aid room, kiosk, spectator area, and ample storage for football, netball and cycling.

It will replace a basic shed with dirt floor used by the football and cycling clubs, which is dated and has no capacity to accommodate the 290 netballers who use the reserve twice a week.

The new pavilion will accommodate the three sporting codes who have a combined membership of more than 1,100.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

 “Revamped facilities will help the Barkers Creek Cricket Club cater for growing interest from women and girls, and give all players, officials and volunteers a modern clean safe and accessible environment.”

“For too long, the footballers, cyclists and netballers at Wesley Hill have been held back by poor facilities – the Andrews Government is helping the clubs get the facilities they deserve and developing a junior sporting hub for the region.”

“The Andrews Government is committed to giving all Victorians the opportunity to play the sport they love, connect with friends, have fun and get active.”

“We know that providing modern female friendly facilities is such an important factor in increasing participation for Victorian women and girls and we welcome the start of construction on these two significant projects today.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP