Bendigo Sporting Clubs Dudded by McCormack and Morrison

Sporting clubs in the Bendigo electorate missed out on grants for better facilities because the Morrison Government skewed funding toward city seats it was targeting to win last year’s Federal election.

The Female Facilities & Water Safety Stream was designed to provide grants to fund female change facilities at sporting clubs in rural and regional areas to encourage greater female participation in sport.

But less than 10 per cent of the $150 million fund was allocated to projects in rural and regional electorates.

Instead, the Government splashed 80 per cent of the fund building swimming pools in marginal electorates in cities.

The electorate of Bendigo, which covers towns from Elmore to Kyneton, got absolutely no support from the government through this program.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said local clubs were not even notified that such a fund existed or that they could apply.

“Local sporting grounds like Triple M Park could have done with improvements for their huge and growing number of women and girls playing football, netball and cricket,” Chesters said.

“I’ve met with many clubs across the electorate who have highlighted the need for updated female facilities including Strathfieldsaye FNC, North Bendigo FNC, Harcourt FNC, Campbell’s Creek FNC, Kyneton FNC and others.

“Hundreds of residents have signed an active petition calling for upgrades to female facilities and it’s something I’ve raised in Parliament on many occasions.

“It’s disappointing that the people of Bendigo are missing out because this Government prioritises itself above everyone else.”

The Morrison-McCormack Government misused public money to prioritise its own political fortunes over a fair application process.

This stinks. It fails every test of decency and accountability.