Terri Butler and Labor Will Invest in Local Footy

13 April 2019

With Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Shadow Minister for Sport

A Shorten Labor Government, if elected, will invest $450,000 to upgrade facilities at Jack Esplen Oval, home of the Morningside Panthers.


Terri Butler MP will today join Shadow Minister for Sport, Senator Don Farrell to, announce Labor’s commitment to supporting the ‘Siders, one of Queensland’s fastest growing and highest achieving Australian rules football clubs.


Labor’s investment of $450,000, if elected, will go towards the installation of new lighting on two ovals to allow extended training and playing hours as well as upgrades to the clubhouse and toilet block, in line with community needs.


New lights on the main oval will improve visibility on the ground, enabling the club’s growing women’s squads to play home games at the club. The new system will also reduce the club’s operating costs by reducing power consumption with LED lights and will reduce light shed beyond the oval.


Existing lighting on the back oval will be doubled, meaning more than 500 junior players no longer have to train in poor light.


Labor is committed to grassroots sporting clubs like the Morningside Panthers, and ensuring that everyone can have a fair go at sport.


Our investment in these clubs will help communities build capacity for young people to get involved in sport, and encourage women and girls to play team sports.


“I’d like to thank the staff and committee at the Morningside Panthers for their advocacy for this project, especially the Seniors President, Mike Mollison,” Ms Butler said.


“I also thank the many Southsiders who have signed petitions and campaigned for this funding.”