Almost 1000 passionate footballers and cricketers in Heidelberg now have female friendly facilities and oval lighting thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

A $100,000 grant from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund has seen 100 lux lighting installed at Burkitt Oval, letting clubs train later and host night games. It will also free both ovals up for training, reducing wear and tear.

A further $100,000 from the Female Friendly Facility Fund has gone towards the upgrade of Beverley Road Pavilion.

The old facilities in the pavilion have been replaced with accessible women’s player and umpire change rooms, giving local clubs the opportunity to accommodate a growing number of female club members.

The Labor Government is dedicated to promoting gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out and get active, investing more than $630 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.

The Banyule City Council, AFL Victoria, and the Banyule Senior and Junior Football Clubs are to be acknowledged for their investment and promotion of the projects.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines MP

“Local clubs like the Bears play a big part in the fabric of the Heidelberg community. They deserve modern and appropriate facilities the community can enjoy.”

“Better facilities attract more players and make it easier for everyone to get involved in local sport and lead healthy, active lifestyles.”

“I’m sure the clubs will embrace these improved facilities, welcome more female players, and hopefully win more flags.”

Quote attributable to the Director of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell

“By building new female change rooms and boosting the number of women participating in sport and recreation, we’re levelling the playing field for anyone keen to play.”