Sport Funding

Ms GARRETT (Minister for Emergency Services) — It is fantastic to see the great work the Andrews Labor government is doing for community sports in my local electorate of Brunswick. We know that community sport brings us together — it is part of the fabric of our diverse community and plays an important role in advancing social inclusion.

Sport at the grassroots level is something we need to support and promote, and it is something that was sorely neglected by those opposite when they were in government. We have already seen the commitment from this side, and I would like to acknowledge the great work done by the Minister for Sport in this area. Just last month he announced $100 million for grassroots sport, including a $10 million investment in women’s sporting facilities. This is the biggest ever investment in female participation in community sport by an Australian state government. This funding will not only be great for sport at a grassroots level but it will also bring huge benefits to women and girls who want to play sport.

On top of this we are providing $9.6 million to build 64 netball courts in inner city Melbourne. Netball is a fantastic team sport, as we saw on the weekend when the Aussie Diamonds claimed an outstanding victory in the Netball World Cup. I was a very proud mum two weeks ago when I watched my daughter, Molly, and her team take out their grand final for the Brunswick Netball Club. The final score was 12 to 11. My head almost blew off with the tension, but the girls brought it home. Everyone deserves an equal opportunity when it comes to being healthy in their community. I have no doubt we will see a lot of budding athletes coming from the netball courts of Brunswick.