| August 14, 2018

Investment in sport infrastructure to build stronger communities

The Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP has encouraged local sporting groups to apply for funding for a national $29.7million programme aimed at upgrading community sport infrastructure.

The Community Sport Infrastructure grant programme was launched by Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie, enabling sport and community organisations to apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade sporting infrastructure in 2018-19.

Mr Drum urged local sporting groups to consider projects that would help build participation in physical activity, community partnerships and inclusiveness.

“Sport has played a big part of my life, both socially and professionally. Growing up in the country I know how important it is to have the best possible sporting facilities available to use. This programme is a great opportunity for our community to upgrade our facilities,” Mr Drum said.

“I encourage sport and community groups to collaborate and think about projects that could enhance our facilities in the Goulburn and Murray Valleys. Even the smallest of 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 programme will be managed by Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity.

Applications will remain open until September 14 2018 and more information on the Community Sport Infrastructure grant programme can be found at https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/community_sport_infrastructure_grant_program

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