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2 August 2018
Sporting communities big and small will benefit from a $29.7 million sports infrastructure grants program launched today.
Minister for Sport, Senator Bridget McKenzie launched the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program today which focuses on upgrading facilities that help build participation in physical activity, community partnerships and inclusiveness.
Sporting and community organisations are able to apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade sporting infrastructure in 2018-19.
Minister McKenzie said the Coalition Government’s program would focus on projects that enhanced community connectivity through sport and promoted inclusive environments for all.
“Sporting clubs are so often at the heart of communities, especially in regional Australia and so the Coalition Government sees this infrastructure program as a valuable investment in building community spirit and pride,” Minister McKenzie said.
“Sporting facilities not only provide great spaces for physical activity, supporting health and wellbeing, but many facilities also serve as a hub for broader community activity. They bring together people from all walks of life and provide a gathering place for a range of community events.
These projects have the potential to boost local business as well as social cohesiveness. We encourage sporting organisations to align with their local government to see how they may be able to apply to this program and benefit their communities.”
Applications that promote safety and inclusiveness will be considered strongly, Minister McKenzie said.
“Safe and clean sporting facilities are critical to helping encourage sport participation, so we want to see applications for upgrades that address this as well as inclusiveness of sporting environments.
“The surge in women’s sport, for example, needs to be supported by modernised and appropriate infrastructure that can meet the increased demand. Female change-rooms at sporting grounds should be common-place, not an exception.
“Improving lighting, playing surfaces and accessibility are just some of the ways sporting facilities can be made safer and more appealing for participation of all ages. It’s about improving places people play sport and the spaces that generate more physical activity.”
The program will be managed by Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity. Sport Australia has today released a landmark report, in conjunction with KPMG and La Trobe University, which values the social, health and economic value of community infrastructure at more than $16.2billion per year. The report is available on the Sport Australia website.
“Sport infrastructure is an investment in building stronger communities,” Minister McKenzie said.
Applications will remain open until September 14 2018 and more information on the Community Sport Infrastructure grant program can be found at the Sport Australia Community Sport Infrastructure webpage.
The Community Sport Infrastructure grants program is part of $230 million package for sport participation and physical activity initiatives announced in the 2018-19 Budget to encourage more Australians to be more active, more often.
Media contact: Kate Woodbridge 0409 679 924
Authorised by B McKenzie, The National Party, Bendigo VIC