New fund­ing avail­able for sport and recre­ation clubs

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

THE Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing sport­ing and recre­ation clubs across Queens­land to ap­ply for fund­ing un­der the fifth round of the Get Go­ing Clubs and Get Play­ing Places and Spa­ces pro­grams.

Trea­surer and Min­is­ter for Sport Cur­tis Pitt an­nounced that $14.5 mil­lion is avail­able to lo­cal sport and recre­ation or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“To date, we have seen some in­cred­i­bly worth­while pro­jects come to fruition with the help of fund­ing from these pro­grams,” Mr Pitt said.

“Through Get Go­ing Clubs, hun­dreds of clubs through­out the state have re­ceived fund­ing for pro­jects that drive par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

The funds can be used in a va­ri­ety of ways to help strengthen a sport­ing group or club.

“This has in­cluded new equip­ment pur­chases, ref­er­ee­ing cour­ses, coach ac­cred­i­ta­tion, ‘come and try’ ses­sions, in­tro­duc­tory skill de­vel­op­ment pro­grams and many more,” Mr Pitt said.

“Ap­proved pro­jects have in­volved up­grades to club in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion of light­ing, shades or ir­ri­ga­tion, con­struc­tion of ameni­ties and many other types of fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments.”

Changes have been made to the Round 5 fund­ing to make funds more ac­ces­si­ble to el­i­gi­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“For Get Go­ing Clubs, the changes mean fund­ing can be sought across the three pro­gram ar­eas,” Mr Pitt said.

“In Get Play­ing Places and Spa­ces we’ve broad­ened the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria to in­clude sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture that en­ables greater par­tic­i­pa­tion, on top of es­sen­tial works like light­ing up­grades and the like.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions opened on July 1 and will close on Septem­ber 1 and the suc­cess­ful pro­jects will com­mence in Jan­uary of 2017.

More de­tails on el­i­gi­bil­ity can be found on the gov­ern­ment web­site at www.qld.gov.au.

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