Albanese Government delivers better and safer sporting facilities across South Perth

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28 May 2024

Hon Anika Wells MP
Federal Minister for Sport

Zaneta Mascarenhas MP
Federal Member for Swan

Greg Milner
City of South Perth Mayor

**MEDIA RELEASE**

ALBANESE GOVERNMENT DELIVERS BETTER AND SAFER SPORTING FACILITIES ACROSS SOUTH PERTH

The Albanese Government will provide $5.5 million to the City of South Perth to build new changerooms and install new lighting at local sporting venues so more women and girls can fall in love with sport.

All-gender changerooms will be built at Bill Grayden Reserve, Challenger Reserve, Collier Reserve, George Burnett Park, Morris Mundy Reserve and Richardson Park.

New lighting will be installed at Challenger Reserve, George Burnett Park and Richardson Park to bring these facilities up to the Australian Standard for Sports Lighting.

The City of South Perth has reported that substandard lighting and poor existing changerooms discourage participation in sport locally, particularly from women and girls.

It is estimated these improvements will boost local female sporting participation to as much as 30,000 women and girls per year, up from 8,000 currently.

These enhancements will be delivered through the Australian Government’s Female Facilities and Water Safety Stream Program and are expected to be operational by September 2025.

 

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Sport, Anika Wells:

“We need more opportunities for more future Diamonds, future Matildas and future AFLW stars.

“When women and girls are able to participate in sport the whole community experiences the economic and social benefits.

“City of South Perth residents will benefit from these new changerooms and lighting for years to come.

“Women's sport is not a phase, not a nice to have, and we must better support the next generation.

 

Quotes attributable to Ms Zaneta Mascarenhas MP, Member for Swan:

“This project to build changerooms and upgrade lighting is about making sure women and girls in the City of South Perth have appropriate and high-quality sporting facilities.

“The upgrades will encourage more women and girls to stay active and healthy in a safe and welcoming environment.

“This project is great for health and wellbeing outcomes, and the vibrancy of our community.”

 

Quotes attributed to City of South Perth Mayor Greg Milner:

“We are delighted to receive this funding aimed at developing much-needed infrastructure to increase female participation in sport, creating an environment where women and girls can flourish in community sports.

“New change rooms and lighting will boost community participation in sport and recreation for women and girls at all levels.”

 

MEDIA CONTACT (Minister Wells): Chris Garry 0472 840 665

MEDIA CONTACT (Zaneta Mascarenhas): Melissa Robinson 0403 953 162