A new high-performance home for women’s sport in New South Wales will be delivered following a $15 million funding injection from the Liberal Nationals Government.

This investment in sports infrastructure will pave the way for the Sydney Swans entry into the AFLW and boost the facilities available for the successful NSW Swifts.

Our $15 million investment provides key funding required for the $55 million Sydney Swans HQ and Community Centre that will transform the iconic Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park.

This will breathe new life into the precinct creating an elite and community sporting hub, education facilities, out-reach support and community engagement spaces.

The Royal Hall of Industries will be the new headquarters for the Sydney Swans men’s and women’s AFL teams, and will be home for one of the top netball teams, the NSW Swifts.

This will deliver dedicated facilities for the female Sydney Swans players, allowing the Swans to launch an AFLW team and expand the Swans Academy youth girls and boys program to more than 1,000 participants.

The Swans and Swifts will also expand their school and outreach programs, taking health and wellbeing education to more than 5,000 children annually.

We recognise that the success of our elite women’s sporting teams has an enormous impact on young Australians, inspiring them to get active, have fun and participate in sport – that’s why this investment is so important.

The development will also include an international standard netball court, which will be available for use by senior teams, junior development programs and open community access.

It will also provide state of the art facility access for community, cultural and charity organisations.

The GO Foundation, which creates opportunities for Indigenous youth through education, and Clontarf Foundation, which assists in the education and employment of Indigenous youth, will co-tenant for free.

The Sydney Swans together with GO and Clontarf, will launch the Indigenous Education, Employment and Mentoring Program, to deliver 10 full time and 50 per time jobs for participants over five years.

The Red Cross Blood Bank will also move-in, creating the Eastern Suburbs only permanent blood bank, which is expected to deliver up to 20,000 donations a year.

Importantly, the revitalisation of the precinct will deliver a new space for the whole community to enjoy.

Our Government can make investments that benefit and improve our communities, because our plan for stronger economy is working.