Expansion plans welcome from local sporting clubs

THE Tasmanian Labor Party is calling on local sporting associations to share their proposals for grounds and facilities upgrades as part of a proposed competitive grants program.

Shadow Local Government and Planning Minister Madeleine Ogilvie said the grant program would see $1.6 million in grants on offer each year over three-years.

Under a majority Labor Government, she said these grants would be awarded to build and upgrade sporting facilities, as well as encourage the growing participation of women in sport.

“Labor wants to hear from clubs across Tasmania,” Ms Ogilvie said.

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

“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, but the girls also have to share change rooms with senior men.

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

Ms Ogilvie said the big success and rapid rise of women’s football in Tasmania meant now was the time for investment.

She said Labor had 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 improved facilities,” she said.

“Our grants to improve facilities for girls and women to participate in sports will be through a competitive grants program.

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

Caption: Shadow Local Government and Planning Minister Madeleine Ogilvie with female athletes from Taroona Football Club.