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South Australian Government expands Female Facilities Program
In a major boost to women’s sport, the South Australian Government is to spend an additional $7.2 million on female sport and recreation facilities.
As part of the Female Facilities Program, 21 sporting sites will share in this round of funding to build or upgrade female change rooms and amenities – aimed at ensuring women have top-class facilities across a range of sports including AFL, football, hockey, cricket, netball, tennis, gymnastics and softball.
With almost 120,000 girls and women registered with sporting clubs in South Australia, a number that is growing rapidly, South Australian Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell explains “there has been an absolute explosion in the number of girls and women playing sport in South Australia and our Government is putting in record amounts of money to ensure they have top-class facilities.
“We have women and girls who have had to use male change rooms, car parks, offices or other areas at sports ground to change or prepare for their games and have no place to shower after games.
“They should have the same access to and quality of facilities as our boys and men do - and we are working to achieve this.”
As part of round of Female Facilities Program funding, two towns with a strong, historic sporting rivalry - McLaren Vale and Willunga – are to share in $793,000 of funding.
The community-run Willunga Recreation Park will receive $500,000 for change rooms which will be used by netballers, footballers and other women's sports. McLaren Vale Netball Club is set to benefit with new change rooms worth $293,000.
Minister Bignell said it’s a huge boost for two extremely competitive sporting organisations and will provide the sort of infrastructure which will set the clubs up for generations.
The Female Facilities Program is open to not-for-profit sports clubs, associations and community groups which can apply for a maximum of $500,000.
First introduced in the 2016/17 South Australian budget, when $10 million was allocated for women’s change rooms at sporting venues, the program was increased by an extra $14 million in the 2017/18 State Budget.
Applications for round 3 of Female Facilities Program funding are now open and close Monday 9th October 2017.
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$475,000 City of Playford Council (Angle Vale Community Sports Centre)
$461,000 City of Salisbury (Salisbury Oval)
$336,000 Christies Beach Sport and Social Club (Bice Oval, Christies Beach)
$293,000 McLaren Vale Netball Club (McLaren Vale Sporting Complex)
$440,000 Sturt District Cricket Club (Price Memorial Oval, Hawthorn)
$500,000 Willunga Recreation Park (Willunga Recreation Park)
$71,000 Diamond Sports SA (Barratt Reserve, West Beach)
$500,000 Port Adelaide District Hockey Club (John Hart Reserve, Semaphore)
$500,000 South Australian Netball Association (Priceline Stadium, Mile End)
$500,000 Scout Association of Australia, SA Branch (Titanium Security Arena, Findon)
$475,000 District Council of Mt Barker (Mt Barker Regional Sports Hub)
Barossa, Light and Lower North
$427,000 Dutton Park Inc (Dutton Park, Kapunda)
$360,000 Whyalla Hockey Association Incorporated (Whyalla Hockey and Sporting Community Club, Whyalla Norrie
$134,000 Normanville Surf Life Saving Club
$240,000 Victor Harbor Football Club (Victor Harbor Oval)
Murray Mallee and Riverland
$475,000 District Council of Loxton Waikerie (Loxton Sporting Centre)
$177,000 District Council of Loxton Waikerie (Waikerie Community Sports Centre)
$168,000 Peak and District Sporting Club
$380,000 Bordertown and District Basketball Association
$108,000 Naracoorte United Soccer Club
Yorke Peninsula and Mid North
$250,000 Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council (Clare Valley Lifestyle Centre)
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7th August 2017 - $7.7 MILLION COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE ADELAIDE’S NETBALL FACILITIES
23rd June 2017 - COMMUNITY AND ELITE SPORT GETS BACKING IN SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUDGET
19th March 2017 - NEW QUEENSLAND INVESTIGATION INTO COMBAT SPORTS SAFETY
9th December 2016 - SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PLAN TO GET MORE WOMEN INVOLVED IN SPORT
8th December 2016 - LANDMARK STUDY FINDS SPORT STRUGGLING TO KEEP YOUTH ENGAGED
2nd October 2016 - SOUTH AUSTRALIA OPENS SPORT FUNDING PROGRAM FOR FEMALE CHANGE ROOMS
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