Boosting women’s sport in Melbourne’s West


Brimbank Council has teamed up with other Councils and organisations in Melbourne’s West to undertake an industry-leading study into women and girl’s participation in sport and active recreation in the area.

The research project, entitled Women’s Participation in Sport and Active Recreation in Melbourne’s West: An Action Plan for Change, aims to increase the level of representation of women and girls in sport.

Brimbank, Wyndham, Melton, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley City Councils, along with the City of Melbourne, Women’s Health West and the Victorian Government, will work together to undertake the study.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice, said the study would lead to a plan that would aim to improve women and girl’s participation in sport and create more gender equitable opportunities and environments in Melbourne’s West.

“Now more than ever, we’re looking at ways to identify initiatives that motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to be more gender inclusive,” Cr Giudice said.

“Melbourne’s West has historically been an area that is under-represented by women and girls when it comes to sport.

“By taking part in this study, as a region we hope to be able to initiate change to address this disparity, build on the work already achieved in the field, and target further change by developing an action plan that is tailored specifically for our local communities.”

The study and action plan will be delivered by research experts from the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University, who will be supported by the western suburbs-based consultancy, Inside Edge Sport and Leisure Planning.

“I look forward to seeing the results of this study and working with all of the partner Councils and organisations to use its findings to implement real change in Melbourne’s West,” Cr Giudice said.

The action plan is expected to be delivered in early 2019, with research taking place from May to July 2018. It has been supported by a $45,000 contribution from the State Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.