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.
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.