SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SENATOR DON FARRELL

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT

JO BRISKEY

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR BONNER

DES HARDMAN

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR FORDE

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

13 March 2019

LABOR’S FAIR GO FOR SPORTING WOMEN AND GIRLS

A Shorten Labor Government will support Brisbane and Logan sports clubs to increase female participation and give women and girls a fair go in sport.

If elected to Government, Labor will provide $800,000 to the AC Carina Football Club to construct an additional soccer pitch and proper facilities for their growing number of female players.

Labor will also provide $1.2 million to build a new clubhouse for the Waterford Rugby League Football Club, including vastly improved facilities for female players.

AC Carina celebrates its 40th anniversary this season and since 2014 has fielded a growing number of women’s teams.

The facilities have not been able to keep pace with the surge in popularity for women’s soccer driven by the W-League and the Matildas.

“I’m delighted a Shorten Labor Government will support this great local club,” Labor candidate for Bonner Jo Briskey said.

“This funding will ensure all players have access to the facilities they need, from kids who just want to play sport right through to players looking to take the step up into high performance pathways.”

The Waterford Demons are one of Logan’s largest rugby league clubs, with over 600 junior and 120 senior members, catering for players from age five to Masters.

“Labor’s commitment will ensure the mighty Demons can build on the success of their ALL GIRLZ program, which last year saw the club field teams in Under 14s, Under 16s and Under 18s,” Labor candidate for Forde, Des Hardman said.

“Labor’s funding will enable construction of a proper clubhouse, creating a kitchen, office space, toilets, storage and vastly improved facilities for female players.”

Labor is committed to supporting communities to improve local sporting facilities to give all Australians a fair go at sport, whether they dream of being the next Sam Kerr and one day representing Australia, or just want to play for their local club and be active.

Our investments in local sporting clubs like AC Carina and Waterford RLFC will help communities build capacity for the growing number of women and girls playing team sports.

These two commitments deliver on Labor’s goals of making women welcome in sporting clubs and supporting a fair go for women and girls who want to play sport.

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.