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Female sport in Eltham, Montmorency and Lower Plenty has received a massive boost, thanks to new funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Eltham Labor MP Vicki Ward has announced that Petrie Park in Montmorency, Glenauburn Reserve in Lower Plenty and Susan Street Oval and Eltham Lower Park in Eltham, will receive $100,000 each from the Andrews Government to improve their changerooms for women and girls.

This is in addition to the $100,000 already announced for female changerooms at Willinda Park in Greensborough.

The funding comes from the Andrews Labor Government’s $14m Female Friendly Facilities Fund.

Upgrades to tired sporting facilities that have traditionally catered to males are required to support the enormous growth of women’s sport across the state.

Clubs that will benefit from upgrades include Eltham Junior Football Club, Eltham Cricket Club, Eltham Lacrosse Club, Lower Eltham Cricket Club, Montmorency Junior Football Club and Research Lower Plenty Baseball Club.

Quotes attributable to Eltham MP Vicki Ward

We’ve seen with the massive growth of the AFLW and how that has encouraged girls to get involved in all sports, not just footy.

We all know the advantages sport gives our kids goes beyond physical health; it teaches resilience and offers important lessons on teamwork.  Sport gives our kids friendships that last for decades.

This $500,000 in funding across five locations shows our girls their participation in sport is important, respected and encouraged.

The days of girls and women getting changed in the carpark are numbered!”

Vicki Ward