Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Improved opportunities to participate in sport and recreation, and enhancements to community facilities, were given the green light at the City of Mandurah Council meeting last night.

The South Mandurah Football Club, Dudley Park Bowling Club, and South Mandurah Tennis Club were all approved for the latest round of the 2018/19 Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund (CSRFF) Small Grants.

The Fund is a Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries - Sport and Recreation program that provides financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The grants aim to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity through development of sustainable, good quality, well designed and well utilised facilities. The application process for submissions involve Local Governments undertaking an initial assessment to ensure proposed projects are well planned, prioritised and positively benefit the community.

The South Mandurah Football Club will put its grant towards the construction of change room facilities at its Falcon headquarters. The Dudley Park Bowling Club will use its funding to resurface a green, and the South Mandurah Tennis Club in Falcon will use the money to resurface courts.

Another report to Council acknowledged that in recent years there has been significant growth throughout Australia in the participation of women’s sport. This has been largely driven by the success of Australia’s national women’s teams and the formation of new national elite competitions.

This growth is now starting to occur in Mandurah, with a number of women’s competitions already in place and many state sporting associations planning to launch new formats as early as 2018/19.

As the primary provider of infrastructure for local sport, this presents a challenge for the City, with a number of change room facilities having been originally designed to solely meet the needs of male participants. The City has identified gaps in some of its existing amenities.

Council supported City officers to look at implementing a staged refurbishment of its change room areas over the coming years. This would initially prioritise the upgrade of the City’s older existing amenities to facilitate female participants, with the long-term objective being for all change room facilities to be unisex in their design and function.

Mayor Rhys Williams said it was great to see these two items on the Council agenda providing an opportunity to support sport and recreation in the community.

“Our community shares a great love of sport and healthy, active lifestyles and the City plays an important role in helping this grow. It’s vital that our facilities and services continue to meet the needs of our growing community,” he said.