TONY PASIN MP

MEMBER FOR BARKER

ASSISTANT SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT

MEDIA RELEASE

COALITION COMMITS TO IMPROVED SPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE

Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP says a Coalition Government will commit $250 million in funding over four years for community sporting infrastructure across the country.

The commitment seeks to capitalise on the national attention female sports are rightly receiving and will deliver long-term benefits by boosting participation in sport and supporting grassroots sporting organisations.

Mr Pasin said the announcement was great news for Barker, as the priority would be improving sporting infrastructure in population growth areas in outer metropolitan, rural and regional areas: areas where young families live and where participation in sport is vital.

“Importantly for communities in Barker, the funding would benefit the sporting champions of the future, the young boys and girls in our local communities who currently operate with poor change room facilities and substandard sporting infrastructure,” Mr Pasin said.

“Unfortunately, too many young girls who have an interest in playing sport currently still have to change in the sporting club carpark and use the boys’ toilets.

“With the recent success of the Matildas, the Diamonds and our Women’s Ashes Team, we are seeing a surge in interest in women’s sport. We must harness this goodwill to build the sporting infrastructure that our young athletes need,” Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said the announcement was better way to celebrate the incredible success of the Matildas than the Prime Minister’s public holiday suggestion which would potentially cost to the economy of $2 billion.

“This announcement is a fantastic way to celebrate the Matilda’s success, a policy that will make a lasting difference to the community and the lives of our young people; a legacy that makes a real difference to grassroots sports, and the next generation of sporting heroes,” Mr Pasin said.

The Coalition’s proposal would see funding focused on projects which reduce barriers to participation for women and girls, but funding would be made available for projects which also increase accessibility and improve local facilities for Australian children.

 

Media Contact: Charlotte Edmunds 8724 7730