CITY of Vincent councillor Susan Gontaszewski wants to see more girls out on sporting fields.
Cr Gontaszewski issued notice for a motion for City staff to gather information from sporting clubs based on gender membership to inform strategies to improve participation and accessibility by women and girls.
If passed at a future council meeting, research would be undertaken as part of a current review of sports ground hire fees being prepared for October this year.
“I’d read about the work undertaken by a number of councils on the east coast, including Moreland in Victoria, to increase participation of women and girls in local sports, and helping local sports clubs in growing female participation and their membership base,” Cr Gontaszewski said.
“As Vincent is currently going through a process of working with our sports clubs to better understand their makeup and membership I thought it would be timely and useful to include this body of work.
“I think local government has a role to play in facilitating equitable access to sports grounds and facilities so that everybody has access to sporting opportunities close to home.”
Cr Gontaszewski said she has never been a sporty person, but understood the importance of getting more girls and women playing sport.
“As a parent I want to make sure that my community supports girls to get on the field rather than just sitting on the sidelines,” she said.
“The first step is to understand the current picture.
“Following this, if there’s work to be done, I think it would be great for Vincent to play a part.”