Victoria Park in Abbotsford will be upgraded as part of the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in the state’s history.

Member for Richmond Richard Wynne announced today that the Andrews Labor Government will invest $2 million to upgrade facilities for women’s footy at the historic ground – the spiritual home of the Collingwood Football Club.

The funding will deliver female-friendly changerooms, boost security and upgrade seating – to improve Victoria Park for both players and fans.

Women’s footy is booming with more than 950 new female footy teams joining competitions across Australia since the inaugural AFLW season.

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, including a $20 million to redevelop Ikon Park into the home of AFLW
  • $64.6 million for the redevelopment of the State Netball and Hockey Centre
  • $15 million boost for the Female Friendly Facilities Fund

The Victorian Budget will also provide $15.4 million for upgrades at key suburban sporting precincts, including Ryan’s Reserve in Richmond and Yarra Bend in Fairfield, as well as $5 million for Community Sports Infrastructure Loans that will unlock up to $100 million for local clubs to upgrade their facilities.

The Labor Government has also signed a landmark deal with the AFL that will deliver major redevelopments of the MCG and Etihad Stadium Precinct, and guarantee the AFL Grand Final will be played in Victoria for the next 40 years.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“This is a win for players, fans and our community that will bring more footy to Victoria Park.”

“Victoria Park has an incredible past – this is about ensuring it also has a bright future as a home for women’s and men’s football.”

“We’re upgrading local grounds, change rooms and pavilions right across Victoria – so everyone has the facilities they need to play and watch the sport they love.”

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