By Terri Butler MP

07 May 2022

An Albanese Labor Government will provide much needed support for the Morningside Panthers Australian Football Club (AFL) and their growing community.

Federal Labor is committing $200,000 towards new infrastructure including unisex changerooms for their umpires and visiting teams, as well as helping to construct a wellness auditorium to accommodate education programs for players, students and the wider community. 

The Morningside Panthers are an iconic local AFL club that embraces all levels of the sport. They are fierce competitors in the men’s Queensland AFL State League and Queensland Women’s Football Association competition.

Labor is committed to growing female participation in the AFL, including at Panthers, a much-loved local club on Brisbane’s Southside. 

The Panthers have experienced exceptional growth in its female football program since 2018, and now have 14 teams competing this season. This growth means there is an urgent need to provide more changeroom facilities for the club.

Comments attributable to Terri Butler, Member for Griffith: 

“I am so pleased to be able to provide funding for female umpires and players to have access to the facilities they deserve. This is a great local club in our community, and I am excited to be able to continue to support them with this commitment.”  

Comments attributable to Paul Mazoletti, Morningside Panthers Australian Football Club Chairman:

“The Morningside Football Club is extremely grateful for this funding commitment by our hardworking local Federal member, Terri Butler and Labor. The club is working extremely hard with multiple Panther stakeholders to make this exciting project a reality, within a short timeframe. This commitment is a great boost to help make this important project come together.”