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A POLICY that works towards gender-equitable access to community sports facilities and infrastructure in the City of Whittlesea was endorsed at the June Council meeting.

The Fair Access Policy has been formed in response to the State Government’s Fair Access in Sport Policy Roadmap, which requires all councils to endorse a policy by July 1, 2024.

The policy, which outlines the steps needed to achieve fair access and use of community sports facilities, addresses barriers faced by people identifying as women, girls, and gender-diverse in accessing and using community sports and recreation facilities.

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It was endorsed following an online community survey and consultations with key stakeholders, including sporting clubs and the City of Whittlesea Youth Council.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson highlighted how important the policy was for providing equal access to Council’s facilities.

“Sport is a vital part of our culture and identity, offering physical and mental health benefits, and fostering a sense of belonging and community connection,” she said.

“This policy aims to enhance the experiences of women, girls, and under-represented groups in local sports and create fair, inclusive, and safe spaces for all.”

City of Whittlesea Youth Council Mayor Zachary Melvaine welcomed the opportunity to provide feedback.

“The Youth Council was pleased to provide feedback and align with the vision and aim of this policy,” he said.

“We believe it will significantly impact our young people in local sports, fostering a more inclusive and equitable environment.”

To view the Fair Access Policy, please visit www.engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/fair-access.

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