Women and girls playing Aussie Rules across the Inner West will have access to more inclusive facilities at St Luke’s Oval in Concord with a re-elected Perrottet Liberal Team committing $500,000 to upgrade amenities at the popular sportsground.
Liberal candidate for Drummoyne Stephanie Di Pasqua welcomed the announcement saying this important funding would ensure St Luke’s Oval meets the needs of locals, sports clubs and visitors.
“Drummoyne has a rich sporting history so it’s vital that we continue to work together on ways to achieve greater access for young girls and women playing sport in the local community,” Ms Di Pasqua said.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said if re-elected the NSW Liberal Team would make St Luke’s Oval a premier destination for Aussie Rules in the Inner West.
“This is about creating a modern and fit-for-purpose facility that removes barriers, and encourages even more women and girls to play the sports they love,” Mr Perrottet said.
“This investment is another example of the work we’re doing to boost grassroots community sport and it’s only possible because of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s long-term economic plan to keep our state moving forward.”
Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said since 2017, the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has invested more than $2 billion in grassroots sport infrastructure and programs.
“Under Labor, grassroots sport will be starved of investment, and it will be our booming women’s sport sector that will be the hardest hit,” Mr Henskens said.
“Labor have already signaled they’ll cut funding out of community sport, which should be a major concern for all local sporting clubs and organisations.”
Canada Bay Cannons and Drummoyne Power Junior AFL President Milan Serovich said the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s funding commitment would make a big difference to footy players across the Inner West.
“Improved facilities for our footy clubs and players at St Luke’s Oval will go a long way in the local community and we look forward to working with all the partners to bring this project to life,” Mr Serovich said.
The sportsground is currently undertaking a surface redevelopment, following a $939,000 investment from the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government in 2019.
St Luke’s Oval is home to three local Aussie Rules teams, the Concord Giants, Drummoyne Power and Canada Bay Cannons, as well as Concord Briars Cricket Club and Little Athletics.