A Labor Government will invest $675,000 to build additional female change rooms in Quarry Hill and Harcourt.

The West Bendigo Cricket Club, based at Ken Wust Oval in Quarry Hill, will receive $425,000 which will be used to pay for a new purpose designed female friendly change room building.

To complete the installation of the building and site works, the West Bendigo club will seek support from COGB or State Government.  

“The list of local clubs needing urgent upgrades to basic facilities such as female friendly change rooms is long. We have to find alternatives,” Chesters said.

“Fleetwood Australia provides a locally manufactured alternative to current builds.”

“This could be a new model, Fleetwood can build cost effective facilities with a quicker turnaround - I see it as a way forward to improve facilities across Central Victoria.”

“Female participation in sport is continuing to grow across the Bendigo electorate, so we need to keep up with providing the right facilities.”

West Bendigo Cricket Club President, Rob Robertson said the inadequate facilities for both male and female use were highlighted last year with the inaugural women’s cricket competition.

“WBCC are looking to expand their female participate numbers in the 2019/2020 season and having the appropriate facilities would enable the growth and development of this competition and enable increase opportunities across various age, ability, skill level, fitness level, lifestyle and cultural backgrounds for all women to enjoy and develop their cricketing ability.”

“Female members of WBCC also currently play in mixed teams in lower grades of our club in the Emu Valley Cricket League.”

“Upgrades to the current facility would provide a better environment for all participates both male and female to enjoy their sports.”

Labor will also commit $250,000 to Mount Alexander Shire Council to upgrade female facilities at the Harcourt Recreation Reserve.

“This facility is used by a range of sporting codes in Harcourt, including netball, football, tennis and cricket – but the change rooms are old, small and simply not up to standard,” Chesters said.

Harcourt Football Netball Club President, Kathie Teasdale has welcomed the funding commitment.

“Harcourt Football Netball Club is so excited that Labor is willing to support the club in such a needed upgrade to our current facilities.

“The upgrade will assist the club to be more inclusive and support current and future female players.”

Labor’s investments in local community sporting clubs and facilities across the Bendigo electorate will help communities build capacity to meet the welcome growth in female participation in club sport and support more residents to live active, healthy lifestyles.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better community facilities or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.