$9 Million Redevelopment of Women’s Memorial Playing Fields

The Women’s Memorial Playing Fields (WMPF) in St Mary’s will undergo a $9 million upgrade including new clubrooms, women’s change rooms, synthetic hockey and lacrosse, soccer and training fields.

The State Government is committed to seeing more girls and women playing sports, whether it’s at the grassroots level or in elite competitions.

The project will also include a new permanent memorial to Vivian Bullwinkle, the South Australian nurse who survived the Bangka Island massacre committed by Japanese forces in 1942. The memorial recognises the role of all Australian servicewomen.

The WMPF is home to Cumberland United Women’s FC, Sturt Lacrosse Club and the South Australian Women’s Memorial Playing Field Trust Inc.

The upgrade of the WMPF also provides a new home for the nation’s oldest hockey club – Forestville Hockey Club. It is currently based at Goodwood Oval in Millswood. The club sought to relocate so that players can finally train and compete on a competition grade synthetic pitch.

The State Government will work with the relevant sporting clubs and the Trust to develop a detailed plan for the redevelopment.

Background

The State Government supports sport at all levels, from grassroots through to elite. The State Government has pumped a record additional $96 million into sport and recreation across the State to boost the health and wellbeing of South Australians in the past two years, on top of the regular grant programs delivered through the Office for Recreation and Sport.

Latest figures from Office of Recreation and Sport show almost 120,000 girls and women are registered with sporting clubs in South Australia, of which 1500 are registered cricket players and approximately 2550 are registered soccer players.

Quotes attributable to Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell

Women’s Memorial Playing Fields has the potential to be developed into a significant sports centre for the local area, providing upgraded facilities and a new community hub for women’s sport.

As a State Government we believe women and girls should have the same access and opportunities as men and boys and we’re always looking for ways to help achieve this.

They deserve to have top quality sporting facilities to train in, which is why developments like this at the Women’s Memorial Playing Fields are so important.

Quotes attributable to Member for Elder Annabel Digance

After years of lobbying for this redevelopment I am so pleased it is now going to come to fruition.

This investment will support these clubs to grow and engage more people and get them active.

It will not only provide state-of-the-art facilities for women in the southern suburbs, it will help to activate the entire area.

Vivian Bullwinkle was a great South Australian and I am pleased her legacy will live on and inspire the thousands of women and girls who will use the facility.

This is a result of the commitment and passion of the players, officials and members of these clubs over a long period of time.

Quotes attributable to Labor candidate for Badcoe Jayne Stinson

I’ve worked closely with the Forestville Hockey Club to lobby for this $9 million investment. More than 800 locals signed my online petition for a new home for Forestville Hockey Club.

The investment finally affords this historic sporting club the opportunity to play on a competition grade artificial pitch.

It also opens up valuable sporting real estate to other growing clubs in Badcoe who are eager to expand or find a new home at Goodwood Oval.

This announcement builds on the $2.5 million already invested in upgrading Goodwood Oval’s club house and grandstand, following my sustained community campaign.