Four sports clubs across the New England will share in more than $142,000 in funding under the first round of the Liberal Nationals government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program.
- Scone Gymnastics Club $38,629 – Upgrade community hall facilities
- Tamworth Junior Riding and Pony Club $40,000 – Irrigation of pony club arena
- Werris Creek Golf Club $15,695 – Cart shed
- Willow Tree Bowling Club $48,000 – Bowling green refurbishment
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the funding will help improve sporting facilities in Scone, Tamworth, Werris Creek and Willow Tree. The aim is to increase sports participation so local people are more active, more often.
“Sport plays a big role in our communities here in the New England, it goes to the heart of our local identity,” Mr Joyce said.
“That is why our government has prioritised investment in local grassroots sports because we recognise the wider health, social and community benefits that come from greater activity in sport.
“Our investment will not only raise the standard of these facilities in our regional communities, it will also provide real encouragement for kids, parents and older Australians who are not currently active in sport, to pull up the socks and have a go.
“Hopefully we’ll see more happy little faces at the Tamworth Pony Club thanks to this funding.”
The grants will be a major boost too all organisations, particularly Willow Tree Bowling Club which was gutted by fire in January 2017.
“It’s great we can help return the club to its former glory with the help of this funding,” he said.
The number of applications received nationally - 2,053 – was far more than anticipated and to meet the obvious interest, the government will allocate an additional $30 million for projects in early 2019 from the existing pool of applications.
“This demand has demonstrated that sporting and community organisations are crying out for help to upgrade their facilities and because of the Liberal National government’s responsible economic management and delivery of a budget surplus, we are in the position to increase the investment,” Mr Joyce said.