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MEDIA RELEASE - Female Friendly change rooms earmarked for Alexandra Park

25 July 2018

Upgrades to out-dated female change rooms at the Westerns Football Netball Club have taken a major step forward with
Glenelg Shire Council last night allocating funding and providing support to a grant application for the $795,000 works.

The “tired” demountable change rooms and storage area are the only female facilities on site at the major sporting reserve, used up to three times a week by Westerns’ eight netball teams.

The main clubhouse provides netballers with the only access to a female toilet at the reserve, which is also without disabled toilet access or a parent area.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said netballers had been dealing with “outdated and cramped” conditions which were not fit for purpose by today’s standards.

She said council unanimously voted to auspice an application on behalf of the football netball club to the Community Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) Female Friendly Facilities Fund program for $447,000, almost half the project value.

The balance would be supported by $50,000 from council, $75,000 from the AFL Key Community Facilities Fund and $223,500 from club in-kind support.

“This proposed upgrade will further support the dedicated netballers and volunteers at the Westerns Football Netball Club to host games and other sporting events throughout the year. It will also assist in the growth of women’s AFL which is becoming a popular past time for many in our region,” Cr Rank said.

“Female participation in sport is a key focus area of council’s Health and Well-being Plan and this sort of investment will open the doors for many new and emerging players to join the club, as they will simply feel more comfortable preparing for game day.

“The days of getting changed in the back of the car and doing without a warm shower are hoped to soon be over for the Westerns players. It is critical that these female sportspeople are given the same standards of facilities as their male counterparts and we are hopeful of a positive outcome with this funding application.”

Alexandra Park is one of the shire’s busiest sporting reserves hosting football, netball, BMX, cricket, and greyhound training year-round. It is the only venue in Portland that hosts both senior and junior competitions.

To plan for future use at the site, such as the female change facility investment, council developed an Alexandra Park Master Plan Design and Development which identifies pathways to increase usage and participation in sport.

The Master Plans’ preliminary concept plan is now on public exhibition for a period of four weeks, until 21 August 2018.
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