To support the ongoing growth of the WBBL, and with more women and girls playing club cricket than ever before, the upgrade will provide the facilities that reflect an elite sports league and offer unisex change rooms for the first time.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray joined Perth Scorchers players Taneale Peschel and Mathilda Carmichael, WACA CEO Christina Matthews and Midland MLA Michelle Roberts to inspect the progress of works at the ground.
The improvements will support the massive recent growth in women’s cricket in WA – 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.
Lilac Hill Park’s grounds and sporting pavilion are used at community level by Midland Guildford Cricket Club in a busy season of club fixtures.
The facilities are also used for Sunset Scorchers matches – modified cricket games for women and families over 18 years.
WACA CEO, Christina Matthews said;
“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.”
Sport and Recreation Minister, Mick Murray said;
“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 “
Midland MLA, Michelle Roberts said;
“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.”