Bulldogs welcome federal government funding commitment

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The Western Bulldogs today welcomed the federal government’s $15 million budget commitment to enable the club to achieve its comprehensive vision for the redevelopment of its Whitten Oval home at Victoria University.

The federal commitment will not only help expand a new Western Bulldogs Community Foundation Center, but will also help establish a women’s health and leadership center that will become a center of excellence for program delivery in partnership for girls and women in western Victoria and beyond. .

Both facilities will complete Stage 2 of the Club’s wider redevelopment project, construction of which began earlier this month.

Western Bulldogs president Kylie Watson-Wheeler thanked the federal government for supporting the club’s vision of developing a home for the whole community.

‘We are extremely grateful to the Federal Government for their commitment to Melbourne’s west as part of last night’s budget announcement,’ she said.

“Our vision, now and in the future, is for VU Whitten Oval to be a place where the community can call home, reducing social isolation, improving connectivity and promoting health and well-being.”

Western Bulldogs CEO Ameet Bains said the budget commitment was a strong endorsement of the real impact the club is having on the community.

“Our redevelopment of the Whitten Oval grounds is one of the most ambitious undertakings by any AFL club, and we are extremely grateful to the Federal Government for their support of our community ambitions,” he said. declared.

“This significant investment allows us to realize the full potential of the neighborhood, helping to bring people together to access social programs and services that can have a real and meaningful impact on the lives of people living in our backyard and in the neighborhood. -of the.

“As one of the inaugural clubs of the AFLW with such female representation at all levels of our business, including at board level, we are excited to further invest in developing programs that eliminate barriers of disadvantage and create pathways to education and increase participation.

The Federal Government’s $15 million commitment to the project brings the total cost of Phase 2 work to $73.9 million and complements existing support from the Club, AFL and Government of Victoria.

The investment will help create an expanded permanent home for the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation within a redeveloped John Gent Stand to incorporate facilities and services that will expand the community reach of the club and foundation, putting the emphasis on health, education, cultural diversity and youth leadership programs.

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