Boost for Gold Coast sports under Labor election pledge

Federal Labor is promising a big investment in Gold Coast sporting facilities if it wins next weekend’s election.

The Opposition has pledged $1 million towards new women’s change facilities for the new Gold Coast Suns AFL Women’s team.

That’s on top of a $500,000 pledge from the State Government.


It comes as the Suns prepare to enter the AFLW from next year.

Labor Senator Murray Watt says it will help deliver first-class facilities for our newest elite football team.

“This is an exciting next stage in the Suns’ development and Labor is keen to help the club and its outstanding women players,” Senator Watt said.

“Federal Labor backs the Suns’ goal, of ensuring its women players have the very best facilities for this new beginning.”

Labor is also promising $550,000 to help build a new home for Football Gold Coast.

The organisation is currently run from various fields and rented offices but is in talks with Council about leasing land at Emerald Lakes.

Football Gold Coast will also chip in $450,000 for the first stage of its new base which will see a new high quality field and training centre as well as a new headquarters for the sport.

“Football Gold Coast is the second largest Football Zone in Queensland, with affiliated clubs stretching from Ormeau in the north to Murwillumbah, over the border,” Senator Watt said.

“Despite its prominence, the Gold Coast has never had a zone-wide football venue to host school, state or national carnivals, to deliver coach and referee training, or to conduct talent identification and development programs for girls and boys.

“It’s time this was fixed and football got the recognition its huge local supporter base deserves.”