This week’s football funding news ahead of election

With the final debate conducted and early voting now open, the Australian Federal election is just a weekend away.

Across the week, the major parties once again announced investment and funding promises into football across the country.

Both Liberal and Labor parties supported funding for lighting upgrades at Allan and Don Lawrence Field in Thornton, New South Wales. A 45-minute drive out of Newcastle, the home of the Thornton Junior Football Club has been promised investment no matter who is elected.

Current Labor Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson and Liberal candidate for Paterson Brooke Vitnell would both see $150,000 invested as part of the #EQUALISER campaign.

After a lobbying process, the upgrades will add to the campaign’s goal to produce more female friendly facilities across the state to increase participation numbers in female football.


In Tasmania, Football Tasmania has welcomed Federal Labor’s commitment last week to a facility upgrade at Tynwald Park if elected to govern.

The Tynwald Park component forms part of a broader $5 million commitment to partner with the Derwent Valley Council to deliver the New Norfolk Sports Package.

The upgrades would include improvements to changing room facilities for the New Norfolk Panthers.

It is another boost to football in Tasmania, which has been promised a swathe of funding from both major parties if elected in various regions of the state.

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Also in Tasmania, the Liberal Party announced on Thursday that they will commit $480,000 towards upgrading Cardigan Street, home of the Somerset Sharks.

The announcement was made by Member for Braddon Gavin Pearce and will see the clubrooms and building extended if the Coalition forms government after the election.

Football Tasmania welcomes New Norfolk upgrades

Football Tasmania

Federal Labor’s commitment to invest in facility upgrades for Tynwald Park if elected has been welcomed by Football Tasmania.

The Tynwald Park component forms part of a broader $5 million commitment to partner with the Derwent Valley Council, delivering the New Norfolk Sports Package. The upgrades would include improvements to changing room facilities for the New Norfolk Panthers.

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley outlined in a statement that the promise came at the right time for football in New Norfolk, calling on all major parties to recognise its value.

“I’d like to thank Labor and Brian Mitchell for recognising the value of grassroots community sport,” Bulkeley said.

“We know there is great passion for football in the Derwent Valley, with the New Norfolk Panthers going from strength to strength with both male and female senior teams and junior teams for boys and girls.

“It’s vital that football infrastructure keeps pace with this growth, so that every person who wants to play football in New Norfolk has the opportunity to do so with safe, comfortable and up-to-date facilities.

“Sport plays such a vital role in our communities, and we call on all major parties to get behind this project, and others to ensure that positive health and social outcomes are realised regardless of the election result.”

This week’s football funding news ahead of election

As the Australian federal election approaches, promises of football funding are being rolled out across the country.

Soccerscene breaks down all the funding news of the past week to keep you up to date on who is investing what into our industry.

It was all about Tasmania, as both major parties made major commitments across the state in the lead in to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


Lightwood Park in Kingborough, Hobart was promised a $3 million boost by Federal Labor if elected, reinforcing current developments already underway.

The venue had already been given $6 million of funding from the State Liberal government in May 2021, with both major parties investing heavily in football in Tasmania.

Kingborough Lions United Football Club (KLUFC) has confirmed details of a new $6 million changeroom and clubrooms complex at Lightwood Park.

This new round of funding hopes to see the ground and its facilities become a hub for the Women’s World Cup, with players training out of it.

It was announced by Julie Collins, MP for Franklin.


The Morrison government announced $2.3 million commitments towards upgrades to Seymour St Park to Brighton, Tasmania, if re-elected.

The announcement, made by Liberal candidate for Lyons Susie Bower, guarantees a significant rejuvenation of Brighton Storm’s home ground can take place.

Similarly to Lightwood Park, the park has also been promised funding from both major parties. Federal Labor also promised $2.3 million, to build two full-size pitches, lighting, clubrooms and additional facilities.

The State Government opened the beginnings of upgrades to Devonport’s Valley Road Ground, as a part of its $10 million commitment to four venues across the state.

Meanwhile in New South Wales, as a continued part of the state’s flood recovery effort, the NSW Government announced a further $55 million Sport Infrastructure Recovery Fund to help flood-impacted sporting organisations get back on their feet.

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres and Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke were both present at the announcement.

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