The Esperance Shire Council have unanimously approved a self-supporting loan of $200,000 for the upgrade of toilet facilities and facilities for female players, umpires and coaches at Gibson Football Club.
Council agreed to provide the self-supporting to the club for a five-year term during an Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 18, after receiving a request from the club’s president.
Deputy Shire president Natalie Bowman said the upgrade was being undertaken due to aging facilities and issues with plumbing.
“The Club had looked at submitting a grant application but they have decided they’re actually in a position to take this project on themselves,” she said.
“They didn’t want to wait another 12 months for the grant application – they were keen to get started.”
The club said they believed the upgrade was very important to the club’s growth, particularly in the area of female participation in AFL, and hoped the development would act to attract more female players to the club in the future.
The project is estimated to cost a total of $259,000, with the additional $59,000 of the club’s funds towards the project.