Women and girls invited onto the team

Article image - Women and girls invited onto the team Mayor Tanya Milligan is joined by members of the Brisbane Lions football club promoting their game to the next generation of girls and boys at Gatton’s Cahill Park.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council has secured a $500,000 grant through the Female Facilities Program, offered through the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game funding program to see female-friendly amenities and change room at Gatton’s Cahill Park.

Mayor, Tanya Milligan, said residents could look forward to an all-purpose facility.

“We are committed to increasing the number of women and girls participating in sport and active recreation and for this to happen, the infrastructure we offer must be both welcoming and inclusive.

“Female participation in sport is vital.

“Women and girls deserve to experience the joy of playing in a team sport and achieving their personal best, and this new facility will enable that to happen in the Lockyer Valley. “

The building will provide the necessary amenities for multiple sporting teams who utilise the complex, such as AFL, cricket, netball, touch football and rugby league, who recently announced they will now have at least three female teams this year.

The new change room areas will be built to allow one open room for sporting clubs to host meetings and administrative training sessions.

In a major coup for the region, the Brisbane Lions were in Gatton for the announcement, coinciding with their 2019 AFL Community Camp.

Players Lachie Neale and James Madden visited local Gatton schools and AFL clubs during their two-day trip.

Mayor Milligan said it was a great thrill for Council to welcome the Brisbane Lions to the Lockyer Valley.

“This was a huge treat for local footy fans in the Lockyer Valley,” she said.

Construction on the project expected to begin in the middle of 2019.