Par­tic­i­pa­tion name of the game

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

❝ Our goal is to get more Aus­tralians more ac­tive more often.

— Ken O’Dowd

SPORT plays a key role in unit­ing the many com­mu­ni­ties in the Bur­nett and a new $28.9 mil­lion pro­gram could help keep it as the beat­ing heart.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd, is call­ing on sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity providers in the re­gion to ap­ply for fund­ing from the na­tional pro­gram, which aims to en­cour­age Aus­tralians to get more ac­tive.

The Lib­eral Na­tion­als Sport Par­tic­i­pa­tion Grants pro­gram was launched on Mon­day by Fed­eral Sports Min­is­ter Brid­get McKen­zie, en­abling na­tional sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, na­tional sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity, and non-gov­ern­ment and lo­cal gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, to ap­ply for grants that will make a gen­uine im­pact on the level of ac­tiv­ity of ev­ery­day Aus­tralians in the com­mu­nity.

Mr O’Dowd urged sport­ing groups and lo­cal gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions to cre­ate or en­hance pro­grams that would help at­tract peo­ple from a wide range of ages, abil­i­ties and lo­ca­tions to par­tic­i­pate in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and sport.

“We know just how im­por­tant sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is to help­ing both chil­dren and adults lead a happy, healthy life,” Ken O’Dowd said.

“Our goal is to get more Aus­tralians more ac­tive more often.

“I en­cour­age el­i­gi­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions to con­sider im­pact­ful ways to in­no­vate with new pro­grams, or en­hance ex­ist­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity ini­tia­tives that will im­prove the lives of all Aussies across Flynn.”

The pro­gram will be man­aged by Sport Aus­tralia, the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s lead­ing agency for sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

The Sports Par­tic­i­pa­tion Grants fol­low the re­cent an­nounce­ments of the Bet­ter Age­ing Grants and the Com­mu­nity Sport In­fra­struc­ture Grants.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Sports Par­tic­i­pa­tion Grants Pro­gram opened on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, and close on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2019.

Guide­lines and de­tails can be found at sportaus.gov.au/par­tic­i­pa­tion­grants.

PHOTO: FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

GRANTS: New fund­ing is avail­able to phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity providers.

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