Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has encouraged local sporting groups in his electorate to apply for funding under a national $29.7 million program aimed at upgrading community sport infrastructure.
The Community Sport Infrastructure grant program will enable sport and community organisations to apply for funding up to $500,000 to upgrade sporting infrastructure in 2018-19.
Mr Joyce urged local sporting groups to consider projects that would help build participation in physical activity, community partnerships and inclusiveness.
“Sporting facilities are vital for inspiring physical activity and health, but also for building community spirit, pride and strong regional communities for the future,” Mr Joyce said.
“Just look at the work already underway at local sport facilities like our $17.2 million Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence.
“It shows we have a real appetite for more sports infrastructure here in the New England electorate and now we have the opportunity to secure investment for it.
“I encourage sport and community groups to collaborate and think about projects that could enhance our facilities in the New England. Even the smallest of facility projects can have a big impact on boosting local business, economy, health and social cohesiveness.
“Improving lighting, playing surfaces and accessibility for different ages and genders are just some of the ways sporting facilities can be made safer and more appealing.”
The program, launched by Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie, will be managed by Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity.
Applications close September 14. More information on the Community Sport Infrastructure grant program can be found at: sportaus.gov.au