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Liberals pledge $1.8m for women’s changerooms at Woollahra Oval

“Easts is leading the way in Women’s Rugby and I’m very proud the NSW Liberals and Nationals
can help out. This upgrade is a big win for the girls and women who play sport here, many of
whom are from my electorate.”

The upgrades will allow Easts to boast some of the top facilities in the Sydney competition, with the club opening their new synthetic pitch on Oval No.1 just last year.

Women's sport stands to benefit from a NSW Liberals funding commitment for Woollahra Oval

Women’s sport stands to benefit from a NSW Liberals funding commitment for Woollahra Oval Credit:Karen Watson

The UNSW women’s football team and a local soccer academy also use the facilities.

But with Super W, the Wallaroos and the success of the Australian women’s sevens team sparking a big uptick in girls participation around the country, there is no doubt Sydney’s women’s club competition stands to benefit from the commitment, should the Gladys Berejiklian government win the state election.

Easts has also invested heavily in its women’s rugby program.

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“Easts Rugby is delighted to be able to offer equality in sporting facilitates here at Woollahra,” Easts president John Murray said.

“About 40 per cent of Easts’ players come from outside the eastern suburbs … so this is a win for
Women’s sport far and wide.

“Easts Rugby would specifically like to thank the state government for showing a genuine,
proactive approach to equality by delivering on community projects such as these facilities.
Today’s announcement shows decisive and effective action – especially when it comes to women’s
sport.”

NSW Upper House MP Natalie Ward, who also sits on the Australian Rugby Foundation, said it was a proud day for her.

“Women are leading the way in Australian rugby and this funding will facilitate more women
playing, more women winning and ultimately more women wearing Olympic medals for rugby,” Ward said.

“It is great to see the NSW Liberal Government recognise they deserve facilities and funding and
we are putting that behind them today.”

Georgina Robinson is the chief rugby reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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