The State Government has today announced funding of up to $2.5 million to revamp ageing sporting facilities at Goodwood Oval at Millswood.

The grant will allow for new infrastructure, including the grandstand, clubrooms, female change facilities, public toilets and other improvements.

The upgrades will help the Goodwood Saints Football Club and Goodwood Cricket Club continue to grow, boosting female and junior participation rates.

The Office for Recreation and Sport will now work with local government, Millswood residents and the sporting clubs to develop a plan to transform the current building footprint into a modern and fit for purpose community facility.

The sports clubs will also contribute their own funds to the project.

Background

The current club, change room and public amenities at Goodwood Oval were developed in the 1960s and since then have had limited capital improvement.

This new investment is in addition to the State Government’s $96 million funding injection into sport clubs, stadiums and ovals across the state, including female friendly change facilities, artificial pitches and playing surfaces.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

Goodwood Football and Cricket Clubs are such an important focal point for the community in and around the inner south. Investing in these facilities is an investment in the local community.

Goodwood Oval’s facilities are ageing and we’ve listened to the community’s calls for an upgrade.

New and improved sporting facilities lead to increased physical activity and associated health and wellbeing benefits for the whole community.

Quotes attributable to Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell

We have invested more into sport than any other government in the history of the State, supporting sport at all levels – from grassroots through to elite.

The current facilities at Goodwood Oval are not up to scratch and we know opportunities to increase open space or find new locations for sporting facilities are limited within inner suburban communities.

We want to make the best possible use of existing facilities so we can not only increase participation rates into the future, but also encourage more women and juniors to get involved.

I wish to thank Jayne Stinson for her tireless and excellent advocacy on behalf of the people who use Goodwood Oval. She has been a fierce campaigner who drew this issue to my attention and engaged the Government to take action to fix the problem.

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Badcoe Jayne Stinson

This is a great score for Badcoe - delivered by the diligent team work our community and our local sports clubs are famous for.

Millswood residents plus the Saints and Roos wholeheartedly backed my campaign to finally see this long-held dream become a reality, collecting more than 800 signatures in support of this investment.

The clubs also have skin in the game, investing their own savings to finally make this happen.

I’m particularly excited female change rooms and disability compliant facilities will be provided at this site for the first time – bringing greater equality to the playing field.

I look forward to continuing to work with all players on this important project.