Casey Fields will be upgraded as part of the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in Victoria’s history.

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $5 million to upgrade facilities for women’s footy at the ground – the home of the AFLW Melbourne Demons.

The funding will deliver female-friendly changerooms, new team benches and an upgraded public-address system – making Casey Fields better for players and fields.

Women’s footy is booming with more than 950 new female footy teams joining competitions across Australia since the inaugural AFW season.

The upgrades are part of a $241.6 million boost for women’s and community sport in the Victorian Budget 2018/19, which includes:

  • $67 million for elite women’s facilities, including a $20 million to redevelop Ikon Park into the home of AFLW
  • a $64.6 million redevelopment of the State Netball and Hockey Centre
  • a $15 million boost for the Female Friendly Facilities Fund

The Victorian Budget will also provide $15.4 million for upgrades at key suburban sporting precincts and $5 million for Community Sports Infrastructure Loans that will unlock up to $100 million for local clubs to upgrade their facilities.

The Labor Government has also signed a landmark deal with the AFL that will deliver major redevelopments of the MCG and Etihad Stadium Precinct, and guarantee the AFL Grand Final will be played in Victoria for the next 40 years.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan

“This is a win for players, fans and our community that will bring more footy to Casey Fields.”

“We’re upgrading local grounds, change rooms and pavilions right across Victoria – so everyone has the facilities they need to play and watch the sport they love.”  

Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera

“This will build a true home for the Demons at Casey Fields, and boost the experience for their diehard fans.”  

“We’re investing in the future of sport in Victoria – from the suburbs to the ‘G.”