- $2.1 million project to revitalise City of Swan cricket and hockey facility
- New unisex change rooms, clubrooms and pavilion upgrades
- Women's cricket participation in WA has grown by more than 200 per cent in three years
- McGowan Government's female-friendly facilities initiative has allocated more than $3 million in support of women's sport in its first year
- Redevelopment joint funded by the City of Swan ($1,750,000) and the State Government ($350,000)
Community cricket ground Lilac Hill Park is undergoing a revitalisation to support the huge recent growth in the women's game - with a $2.1 million upgrade underway to give the facility a new lease of life and offer unisex facilities for the first time.
The new unisex facilities will allow Lilac Hill to properly cater for the four Perth Scorchers Women games it will host this season, as well as a big calendar of club cricket.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray joined Perth Scorchers Women players Taneale Peschel and Mathilda Carmichael today to inspect the progress of works at the ground.
The improvements will support the massive recent growth in women's cricket in Western Australia - where participation is up 202 per cent for adults and 118 per cent for girls in just three years.
The project is supported with a $350,000 grant from the McGowan Government's female‑friendly facilities initiative - which has delivered more than $3 million in support of women's sporting facilities in its first year.
Demand has been so high for new women's facilities that the State Government has spent more than a quarter of its annual sporting infrastructure funding on projects focused on improving on lack of unisex or female-appropriate change rooms in community sport.
The $2.1 million Lilac Hill project will also refurbish the Park's ageing pavilion which was built in 1983 and is in need of a major renovation.
Lilac Hill Park's grounds and sporting pavilion are used at community level by Midland Guildford Cricket Club in the summer and Old Guildfordians Mundaring Hockey Club over winter.
The facilities are also used for Sunset Scorchers matches - modified cricket games for women and families over 18 years.
The redevelopment includes:
- refurbishing and extending four unisex change rooms;
- constructing an umpires' change room, first aid room and match room office; and
- upgrading the existing clubroom, toilets and kitchen in the pavilion.
The redevelopment is due to be completed in December 2019.
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"Women's sport, in particular cricket, has seen an enormous uptake in the last few years - so it is important we deliver decent facilities to support that growth and keep them in the game.
"Women and girls who play community sport are all too familiar with having to use inappropriate facilities before and after games - and in many cases, no facilities at all.
"The State Government is working to address the significant shortfall in women's and unisex facilities throughout the State.
"The demand for our female-friendly facilities initiative has been so significant we have allocated more than a quarter of total sporting infrastructure funding to projects focused on improving on lack of unisex or female-appropriate change rooms in community sport. "
Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts:
"Lilac Hill is a significant part of Western Australian sporting history and this funding will provide much needed facilities.
"It will ensure that Lilac Hill remains a premium sporting facility into the future. Many local community groups will benefit.
"It demonstrates the McGowan Government's commitment to local sport and local communities."
Comments attributed to WACA chief executive Christina Matthews:
"Lilac Hill has become one of the most popular venues on the rebel Women's Big Bash League calendar, and this funding will help ensure the League continues to use it.
"As the WBBL continues to grow, it's important that we invest in the game and build facilities that match the professionalism that we provide for the men's game.
"Having the support from Local and State Government means we will continue to see growth in women and girls playing cricket."
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