More women and girls can kick goals and hit sixes in Woodend thanks to a new female-friendly pavilion at Gilbert Gordon Oval.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas officially opened the redeveloped pavilion today, made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

The reserve is home to the Woodend Hesket “Hawks” Football and Netball Club and the Woodend Cricket Club and are integral parts of the local Woodend community.

With the demand continuing to grow for female participation, the need for modern and appropriate facilities is essential – which is why the Labor Government has delivered vital upgrades in Woodend.

The pavilion benefits players, coaches, umpires and supporters with female friendly player and umpire changerooms.

The pavilion enables the clubs to welcome more women and girls and gives club administrators greater flexibility in scheduling training and competition. It will also increase opportunities for the pavilion to be used by other sporting, school and community groups.

The Government is strongly committed to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria, we’ve invested more than $850 million in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.

The Government also acknowledged project partner Macedon Ranges Shire Council for its commitment and investment to deliver the project.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“We’re seeing growing numbers of girls and boys, women and men signing up to play sport at local clubs and now the Andrews Labor Government is making sure clubs like the Hawks have the facilities they deserve.”

“We want all Victorians to have access to high quality facilities regardless of where they live or what gender they are.”

“We’re so proud to be delivering modern, fit for purpose facilities that truly cater for all.”