Casey Fields will be upgraded as part of the biggest investment in women's and community sport in Victoria's history thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Sport John Eren joined Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera and AFLW Melbourne Demons players at Casey Fields today to back in the $5 million investment to upgrade facilities for women's footy at the ground.
Home of the AFLW Demons, the funding will deliver female-friendly changerooms, new team benches and an upgraded public-address system – making Casey Fields better for players and fans.
The upgrades are part of a $241.6 million boost for women's and community sport in the Victorian Budget 2018/19, which includes $67 million for elite women's facilities, $20 million to redevelop Ikon Park into the home of AFLW and a $15 million boost for the Female Friendly Facilities Fund.
It’s not just AFLW that will benefit, grassroots competitions in the south east experiencing booming female numbers will also have access to the new facilities during development programs, training and competition at the ground.
Visiting Casey Fields, Mr Eren also announced five local clubs will share in almost $11,000 from the Sporting Club Grants Program, including:
- $2,000 to Devon Meadows Junior Football Club for coach training
- $1,000 to Casey Comets Soccer Club for new uniforms
- $1,000 to Cranbourne Bowling Club for new uniforms plus a further $5,000 to redevelop the club’s website
- $1,000 to South Sudan Equatorians Association for new soccer uniforms
- $990 to Cranbourne Southern Stars Sports Club for new netball uniforms
This comes on top of a further $60 million for community sporting grants and $5 million for Community Sports Infrastructure Loans, which will unlock up to $100 million to upgrade local facilities.
Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren
“Whether it’s a new uniform or bringing more footy to Casey Fields, we’re giving clubs in Casey the support they need to grow their ranks and help more locals than ever play the sports they love.”
Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera
“These upgrades and grants are a big win not just for clubs, but for the entire community, providing the facilities and help local players, volunteers and fans deserve.”
Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan
“We’re proud to be building a true home for the Demons at Casey Fields and making sure our local clubs are as strong as possible – that’s what these grants are all about.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020