Posted on 08. Sep, 2014 in Clayton Update

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.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews:

“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.”

Quotes attrinutable to Shadow Minister for Sport, John Eren:

“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.”

Quote attributable to Hong Lim, Labor Member for Clayton:

“Clubs are screaming out for their change rooms to up upgraded. Our hard working club volunteers know only too well that assistance in this area will pay an enormous dividend by increasing participation and bringing families together.”

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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