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Sporting clubs encouraged to share their expansion plans

  • Tasmanian sporting associations now coming forward with plans
  • $4.8 million Labor commitment will encourage more women into sports
  • Soccer club provides the type of upgrade proposal that will be considered

Shadow Local Government and Planning Minister Madeleine Ogilvie has called on sporting associations around the state to get on board and bring their proposals for grounds and facilities upgrades to Labor for consideration.

Ms Ogilvie said with $1.6 million in grants on offer each year over three years to build and upgrade sporting facilities under a future majority Labor Government and the growing participation of women in sport, Labor wanted to hear from clubs across Tasmania.

“Associations like the Taroona Football Club are a perfect example of what Labor wants to achieve in building on existing facilities,” Ms Ogilvie said.

“This club was last year awarded a position in the statewide Women’s Super League and now has the largest number of registered female players in the state, with more than 100 registered.

“But this rapid growth has meant the club has outgrown its current facilities and needs an upgrade.

“They not only do not have enough space for their women players, the girls have to share change rooms with senior men.

“The upgrades Taroona is proposing is the type of project Labor wants to hear about.

“The big success and the rapid rise of women’s football in Tasmania mean now is the time for investment and Labor has committed $4.8 million to get the job done.

“A majority Labor Government will partner with local councils, incorporated sports clubs and many other stakeholders to build new or significantly improve facilities. Our grants to improve facilities for girls and women to participate in sports will be through a competitive grants program.

“The Liberals have done very little to lift participation and encourage greater involvement in community sporting competitions over the last three years, even though urgent investment is needed to bring our facilities up to contemporary standards.

“We need to give women playing across the range of sports the opportunity to not only participate but to have a pathway to the most elite levels of their sport.”