Women’s sport in Western Port received a boost this week, with the delivery of $150,000 in Federal Government funds to install upgraded change room facilities at Bunguyan Recreation Reserve in Tyabb.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, joined with Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor David Gill and Watson Ward Councillor Julie Morris in Tyabb to inspect plans and tour the site.
The completed redevelopment will include several new amenities, including new unisex change rooms, reconstruction of the playground and hardstand area and an upgrade of the existing internal furniture.
Minister Hunt said the facilities would help female sport improve in the local community.
“In the past few years we have seen an exponential increase in female sport participation across Australia, the Mornington Peninsula is no different,” Minister Hunt said.
“Girls and young women are watching AFLW, the WBBL, the W-League and many other professional sporting codes and seeing there are now many avenues to pursue their sporting dreams.”
“Here in Tyabb, we heard stories of local women having to get changed for training or their games in their cars due to a lack of facilities for them here at Bunguyan Reserve. This funding, combined with Shire and Victorian Government Funds, will help produce facilities that will allow local women to go to the next level in their sporting journey.”
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill echoed Minister Hunt, saying “thanks to collaboration with the Shire, the Federal Government and Victorian Government, the Tyabb community will see a great boost for grassroots football and cricket, giving local clubs the ability to grow and allow them to stage more training and programs”.
Watson Ward Councillor Julie Morris said “we want girls to be able to play more sports on the Peninsula, so we are working hard to provide the right facilities to make this happen. These soon-to-be improved sports facilities in Tyabb will allow better usability and put us another step closer to creating an all-inclusive peninsula”.
The construction project is in its initial stages of construction and is scheduled to be completed in May this year.