Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott and Seven Hills Liberal Candidate Mark Taylor today welcomed the Baird Government’s announcement of $32 million over four years for a new state-wide fund specifically for community sportsgrounds and sporting facilities if re-elected on March 28.
“This is a great example of local clubs, the community and the government all working together,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Taylor said local sporting fields were great for the community and many could do with some improvement works under this new program.
“Local sporting clubs are an important part of our community, so we should ensure they have adequate facilities to train and compete,” Mr Taylor said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant said this is the missing piece in the sports infrastructure puzzle.
“This will help organisations that manage community sporting facilities in our suburbs to deliver much needed upgrades,” Mr Grant said.
“Our future sporting legends should not have to develop their skills on dusty hard ovals, overgrown out-fields and crumbling courts.
“Registered clubs have a long association with community sports, and this new fund ensures that the facilities used by local sports clubs are up to standard,” Mr Grant said.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres said that this will be a free kick for community sports clubs.
“Local clubs can improve access to sportsgrounds by applying for works such as turf and drainage upgrades, installing lights for evening sessions, and building change room facilities,” Mr Ayres said.
“Our sporting heroes of tomorrow will start their dream at a community oval, pool or sports court somewhere in our suburbs and towns.
“Upcoming events such as the Netball World Cup later this year provide an opportunity for community clubs in Western Sydney to assess their infrastructure needs and apply for a grant,” Mr Ayres said.
The $32 million fund will be administered via the ClubGRANTS program. It will be specifically for small to mid-tier grants to sporting facilities such as community ovals, swimming pools and sports courts. Applications are expected to open in the middle of the year, once the appropriate amendments are made to program guidelines. Community and Emergency Services grants will continue under the ClubGRANTS category 3 scheme.