Madeley, Girrawheen soccer clubs receive state funds for female-friendly change rooms

Melissa Elder, Suraya Bell, MP Anne Aly, Alex Hume (9),president Dean Bell, MLA Sabine Winton, Josh Hotson (13), Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Kayleb Money-Elder (14). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d491311
Melissa Elder, Suraya Bell, MP Anne Aly, Alex Hume (9),president Dean Bell, MLA Sabine Winton, Josh Hotson (13), Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Kayleb Money-Elder (14). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d491311

FEMALE-friendly change rooms are set to become a reality at parks in the City of Wanneroo.

It follows the State Government’s announcement of $790,000 for the change rooms and floodlights in Madeley, Girrawheen and Koondoola.

The latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund includes $394,000 for Hudson Park in Girrawheen and $250,000 for Wanneroo City Soccer Club’s facility at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex.

The upgrades to provide female-appropriate change rooms are in line with a Government commitment to build and retrofit community sport facilities to cater for both men and women.

WA has outdated sporting infrastructure at many locations that only cater for men’s teams, so women are regularly forced to use public toilets, cars, bushes or the sidelines to change clothes.

“In this day and age women should have all the same opportunities as men when it comes to playing social sport, and I’m delighted we’ve been able to provide these unisex facilities for these local clubs,” Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray.

“Grassroots sport is vital in fostering healthy, active communities and these upgrades will provide a much better experience for all local sportspeople.”

Wanneroo City Soccer Club president Dean Bell welcomed support from federal, state and local governments for the upgrades.

“We are hoping that construction will start very soon; it is a much needed upgrade,” he said.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton welcomed the State funding to create six unisex change rooms in Madeley.

“Soccer is gaining more and more popularity with women and as a local mother of three daughters I know how important it is to have female appropriate change rooms,” she said.

“Wanneroo City Soccer Club is going from strength to strength with 12 senior teams and 19 junior teams and this upgrade will allow them to attract even more members.”

The City of Wanneroo will manage the upgrades and will also receive about $73,000 each for floodlights at Hainsworth Park in Girrawheen and Koondoola Park.