The Andrews Labor government has revealed a major push for Footy in the West, with funding to start the second phase of the Whitten Oval redevelopment – creating new community spaces and better facilities to watch AFLW and VFL matches.
Minister for Tourism, Sports, and Major Events Martin Bakula announced today that the 2020/21 Victorian budget will include $ 36. $ 6 million for the $ 58 million project that will transform Bulldogs’ home and meet the needs of sports fans and the wider community in West Melbourne.
The project, which will also include a significant funding contribution from Western Bulldogs, will include a new EJ Whitten platform with improved seating, new club management space and an available functional area for the community.
There will be space to expand the Bulldogs Community Foundation programs, including the extremely successful Western Sons and Daughters who address physical and mental health issues in the community.
There will also be refurbished training facilities for the Bulldogs men’s and women’s teams – to continue the playing field par for professional women’s sports – a new match-day suite with food and beverage facilities and other amenities, and a refurbished entry building.
The project will also include broadcast-quality lights, reducing reliance on temporary infrastructure and ensuring prime-time AFLW matches can be broadcast on TV in HD.
Labor government provided $ 5 million to upgrade Whitten Oval facilities to AFLW standard in Victorian Budget 2018/19.
Last year’s budget invested an additional $ 1 million for the club to conduct detailed planning for this project. Western Bulldogs have submitted development plans to Maribyrnong City Council which are currently under consideration.
“This project is a colossal victory for the people of the West and not just for football fans, with the community’s central needs to plan and implement the redevelopment.
“It’s great soccer fans can see the AFLW Bulldogs and Footscray VFL teams in much improved conditions.
« Whitten Oval is the heart and soul of Footscray and we cannot be proud to support these important works that will provide very real benefits across our community.
“People from all over the Western Suburbs view the Whitten Oval with great pride and a sense of ownership – and now they’ll have more reasons to do so.
“We are very grateful to the Andrews government for believing in the vision we have created for the future of the Witten Oval..
“We aspire to make the Whitten Oval the heart of community – an everyday area to see, party and discover.
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