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NSW spends $100M on regional sports infrastructure

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A $100 million fund into community infrastructure will see new and improved female sports facilities built in regional New South Wales.

Applications are open for round four of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, with $50 million dedicated to the delivery of female sports facilities and programs to encourage greater female participation in all levels and codes.

“This NSW Government funding will make a big difference in the bush by delivering new and improved facilities as well as programs for female sports teams and is another step towards levelling the playing field for girls and women in remote, rural and regional communities,” Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

NSW Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell said a lack of adequate amenities, especially for females, can often be a barrier to participation.

“By improving and building purpose-fit facilities and developing programs, girls and women will feel more welcome, safe and encouraged to regularly participate in sports and active recreation,” Mitchell said.

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NSW Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said getting facilities up to date, particularly women’s change rooms, will ensure all female athletes are supported to take part in a wide range of sports, including once male dominated codes.

“Facilities designed exclusively for women should be standard and this funding will help women all over rural and regional NSW overcome a major hurdle and feel empowered to play the sports they love with comfort and confidence,” Taylor said.

“We’re supporting female athletes of all ages and backgrounds to participate in sport, from grassroots to elite level and the Stronger Country Communities Fund is all about building a safer, stronger NSW for everyone.”

The Stronger Country Communities fund is part of the NSW Government’s $2 billion Regional Growth Fund.

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