Bad sports with fund­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Bryce Luff

THE State Gov­ern­ment has been crit­i­cised af­ter it was re­vealed the Com­mu­nity Sport and Recre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Fund would be cut dur­ing the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year.

THE State Gov­ern­ment has been crit­i­cised af­ter it was re­vealed the Com­mu­nity Sport and Recre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Fund would be cut from $20 mil­lion to $7 mil­lion dur­ing the 201617 fi­nan­cial year.

The fund, in­tro­duced in 1975, is used to help lo­cal gov­ern­ments and com­mu­nity groups de­velop sport and recre­ation in­fra­struc­ture, with a goal of in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Across WA in 2014-15, about $19.5 mil­lion was paid to 110 coun­cils and com­mu­nity groups on projects in­clud­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment of Man­durah Aquatic and Recre­ation Cen­tre, re­de­vel­op­ment of Mills Park in Beck­en­ham, and de­vel­op­ment of play­ing fields at Ray Fin­layson Sport­ing com­plex in Kal­go­or­lie.

The WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion has de­scribed the 65 per cent slash in fund­ing as a back­ward step, with for­mer pres­i­dent Troy Pickard say­ing it was a con­tra­dic­tion of the State’s pro­mo­tion of sport in WA.

“These are the fa­cil­i­ties at the heart of lo­cal sports and recre­ation,” he said. “They are where kids are ac­tive, play sports and learn skills such as team­work and lead­er­ship.

“These are the places that bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and pro­mote a healthy lifestyle. They are a cen­tral part of the West Aus­tralian lifestyle that we trea­sure.”

Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mia Davies said the cuts were a re­sponse to the State’s fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.

“The Gov­ern­ment has in­vested heav­ily to re­build and up­grade sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties in al­most ev­ery lo­cal gov­ern­ment shire in WA,” she said.

“There is still sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing avail­able. Other fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clude Lot­tery­west, Roy­al­ties for Re­gions and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Stronger Re­gions Fund.”

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