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February 27, 2020

Recent revelations from ABC’s 7.30 program showing that North Sydney Council was awarded $10 million from the female facilities fund is a massive slap in the face to the Hunter and Central Coast’s sporting clubs.

The Female Facilities & Water Safety Stream aimed to provide grants to fund female change facilities to rural and regional sporting clubs to encourage more women in these areas to participate in sport.

It was revealed earlier this year that less than 10 per cent of the $150 million fund was allocated to projects in rural and regional electorates.

We now know that $10 million of this funding went to the North Sydney Olympic Pool.

This news rubs salt into the wounds.

I’ve spoken previously about how deserving the Garden Suburbs Football Club would have been in receiving funding to provide new change rooms for their female players.

To hear now that clubs like this missed out to a pool located on Sydney Harbour adds insult to injury.

What’s next, regional funding for Luna Park or the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

The Morrison-McCormack government should be ashamed of themselves.

If they wanted to provide funding for pools, our swimming centres at Charlestown, Speers Point and Swansea received upgrades during the winter months in 2019 – I’m sure they would have loved some assistance from the Federal Government.

Regional Australians miss out again thanks to Scott Morrison and Michael McCormack.