Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Statements by Members
Dunkley Electorate: Women in Sport
Frankston is proud to be the home of the Peninsula Waves Victorian Netball League club—one of 10 elite netball clubs in Victoria. Our motto, 'We all value excellence in sport,' says it all. Sadly, Peninsula Waves does not have a home stadium to play in. Jubilee Park is the home of the Frankston District Netball Association—12 clubs, 200 teams and thousands of players. It's the home of the YCW Football Netball Club and the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club, and is bordered by the Frankston RSL. These stakeholders have all worked together for years to develop and advocate for a centre of excellence for women in sport at Jubilee Park. They deserve somewhere where women and girls can participate in sport with the facilities that support them to do it.
Sadly, they don't have the funding. The Frankston City Council have committed $10 million to this important development. The state Labor government have committed $10 million to this important development. I was really proud, as the Labor candidate at the federal election, to say, 'If we had won, we would have committed $10 million to this development.' What has the federal Liberal government done? I've found out, since being elected for Dunkley, there's $4.56 million available, which is much less than the $5.2 million they said was available, and they will not stand up and fund the $10 million. I'm calling on the government now: fund this development; my community needs it and wants it. (Time expired)