The Marshall Liberal Government is pleased to have delivered $8.0 million over two years (in addition to $995,000 previously allocated from the Sporting Surfaces Grant program) to improve facilities at the Women's Memorial Playing Fields in St Marys.
The concept of a Women's Memorial Playing Fields began with the concern of sporting women for the lack of playing areas in Adelaide, resulting in the formation of the South Australian Women's Amateur Sports Council in 1953.
From 1953-1955 the fields as set aside by then Premier, Hon Tom Playford, progressed into an area honouring those women who served in World Wars I and II. The Women's Memorial Playing Fields are the only dedicated women's memorial of this calibre in Australia.
Funding will go directly towards upgrades to the grounds and facilities, including new clubrooms, women's change rooms, synthetic hockey and lacrosse, soccer and training fields.