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Sale Football Netball Club will receive an $880,000 funding boost if the Coalition wins the Federal election this Saturday, according to local MP Darren Chester.

The Federal Member for Gippsland has secured the $880,000 to upgrade change room facilities with a focus on women’s sport to encourage increased participation among female competitors in football and netball.

“The facilities at the Sale Football Netball Club are not up to standard, particularly for female competitors and umpires,” Mr Chester said.

“The club has developed plans to redevelop existing change rooms and overhaul facilities which are used by male and female players, umpires, trainers and the general public.

“I welcome the election commitment from the Prime Minister and look forward to being in a position to deliver this project and many more if we win government on May 18.”

Sale Football Netball Club President Justin Dessent said the club was excited to have secured the election commitment from Darren Chester.

“This is an important project for our community and for the future of sport in our region,” Mr Dessent said.

“We are Sale’s representative team in the major league providing pathways for young people to be the best they can be.

“We need suitable change facilities for female umpires, officials and female players to encourage participation and provide opportunities for females in sport.

“We thank Darren Chester for his ongoing support of our club and we are hopeful this will help us get the upgrade underway as soon as possible. “

The funding commitment to the Sale Football Netball Club redevelopment is part of a broader push by the Morrison Government to support grassroots sport across regional Australia.

Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said the government recognised the wider health, social and community benefits from greater activity and participation in sport.

“Regardless of whether you’re playing at the highest level or a grassroots level, we want all Australians to have the opportunity to be engaged in sport and physical activity,” Ms McKenzie said.

“Our government is committed to reducing physical inactivity among Australians by 15 per cent by 2030 – and we are determined to bring the health, social, cultural and inclusion benefits of sport and physical activity to all Australians.

“We are the party best able to deliver a stronger economy which is the only way to deliver the investment in sport to support ever higher levels of participation and success.

“Only a Liberal and Nationals Government is able to make these important investments in community sporting infrastructure because of our responsible economic management that will deliver a budget surplus.”

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