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December 17, 2018 Business News No Comments Email Email

To help get Australians more active more often, the Liberal National government has today announced the 223 successful organisations across Australia that will benefit from increased investment to upgrade their local sporting facilities.

Across Queensland, there were 39 successful projects in total receiving funding with the total investment over $6,400,000.

The Government has also announced that an additional $30 million in grants will be available to fund further local community sporting organisations from the existing pool in 2019 as part of an extension to the Move It AUS Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program.

“It is fantastic that today I am able to let these sporting organisations know that we are ready to invest in their infrastructure to help drive greater participation in local sports,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The 223 projects include improving lighting for ovals, upgrading playing surfaces and building female change-rooms. Whether it’s a $500,000 project for a new multipurpose community sporting club or $10,000 to increase accessibility for all community members, all of these projects will contribute to giving Australians better sporting environments in their communities.

“We understand that our success and prowess as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports which is why we have focused our investment on local grassroots sporting facilities.

“As outlined in the National Sports Plan, Sport 2030, grassroots sports help drive increased participation and promote social, health and community benefits of physical activity and sport – a key priority for our government.

“Participation in sport also teaches our children valuable life lessons – like how to lose and come back the next week and do better. It also teaches important values like respect for the opposition, playing with sportsmanship and respecting the referee’s decision.

“While 14 million Australians participate in sport each year, I know we can do better.”

The number of applications received – 2,000 – was far more than anticipated and to meet the obvious interest, the government will allocate another $30 million for projects in 2019.

“This demand demonstrates that sporting and community organisations are crying out for help to upgrade their facilities and because of the Liberal and National Government’s responsible economic management to deliver a budget surplus, we are in the position to increase the investment,” Minister McKenzie said.

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