Bligh government kicks goals for jobs in Sunshine Coast sport

Sports Minister Phil Reeves batting for local grassroots sport

The future of sport and recreation in Queensland is looking bright with Sunshine Coast clubs set to benefit from a $1.4 million funding boost over three years as part of the Local Sport and Recreation Jobs Plan program.
Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the Jobs Plan program reflects the Government’s commitment to creating jobs by providing employment opportunities for an additional nine Sport and Recreation Coordinators who will service Sunshine Coast clubs.
“This is on top of the existing ten coordinators who are currently assisting local clubs on the Coast,” Mr Reeves said.
“This is a win-win situation not only for jobs, but for the local grassroots sport and recreation clubs which will benefit from this program.
“Queensland Cricket and Sunshine Coast/Gympie Rugby Football League will each hire two coordinators, and Softball Queensland, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Queensland Netball, Queensland Canoeing, Queensland Water Polo will each hire one.
“Each coordinator is paid to provide guidance and expert advice to a cluster of sport and recreation clubs on fundraising, promotional activities and sponsorships at the grassroots level.
“I know there are many club officials and volunteers who just don’t have the time to follow up all the governance, fundraising development and marketing duties that clubs need to pursue.
“They’re flat out running the club and the coordinator will be able to give them much-needed support and advice to help strengthen the clubs so they can continue to provide this vital community service.”
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Graham Dixon congratulated the State Government for its commitment to grass roots cricket.
“The role of the volunteer in grass roots sport is not always highly visible, despite their importance to maintaining the overall health of the sport, so to have a financial commitment like this will be of great value,” Mr Dixon said.
“The paid administrators will complement the wonderful job that is currently done by our volunteers, and that will enable us to put more effort into growing our sport, especially in the area of participation for that crucial 5-15 age bracket.
“As well as growing participation, it also means cricket in the region will be better placed to service those who are currently involved, making their experience of the game even more rewarding.
“The Sunshine Coast is a growth region for cricket and we welcome this initiative that will help us work harder in the community to encourage more kids and adults to be active and to play sport. “
The Local Sport and Recreation Coordinator will:

  • provide advice on governance for a cluster of organisations and source appropriate support avenues;
  • develop networks and support collaborative approaches to sport and recreation in local communities;
  • support organisations with grant-seeking, sponsorship, fundraising and corporate partnerships; and
  • advise on effective marketing strategies and promotional activities for sport and recreation.

The coordinator will provide support to the following clubs:

  • Sunshine Coast Kayak and Canoe Club
  • Coolum Beach Junior Rugby League Club
  • Maroochydore Coolum District Rugby League Club
  • Coolum and District Netball Association
  • Suncoast Hinterland Softball Association
  • Caloundra Cricket Club
  • Landsborough Cricket Club
  • Beerwah Sport Ground Management Committee
  • Beerwah Bocce Club
  • Beerwah and District Rugby League Football Club
  • The Glass House Country Horse and Pony Club
  • Beerwah and District Swimming Club
  • Glass House Districts Branch Little Athletics Club
  • Mooloolah Hinterland Churches Soccer Club
  • Beerwah and District Junior Rugby League
  • Caloundra and Districts Rugby League Football Club
  • Caloundra Junior Rubgy League Club
  • Caloundra District Netball Association
  • Buderim Cricket Club
  • Maroochydore Cricket Club
  • The Sunshine Coast Netball Association
  • Stanley River Cricket Club
  • Wamuran Cricket Club
  • Maleny Cricket Club
  • Glasshouse Districts Cricket Club
  • Palmwoods Western and Districts Junior Rugby League Football Club
  • Stanley Rivers Junior Rugby League Club
  • Maleny Netball Association
  • Palmwoods Cricket Club
  • Yandina Cricket Club
  • Kenilworth Cricket Club
  • Nambour Cricket Club
  • Nambour Junior Rugby League
  • Nambour Rugby League Club
  • Noosa District Rugby League
  • Nambour and Districts Netball Association
  • Sunshine Coast Water Polo Association
  • Tewantin Noosa Cricket Club
  • Kawana Waters Canoe Club
  • Kawana Senior Rugby League Football Club

Mr Reeves said as a result of the Jobs Plan program, more than 1150 sport and recreation clubs across Queensland have benefited and are tapping into a wealth of expertise and know-how.
“On top of this, this program will create 178 jobs within the sport and recreation sector, providing a massive boost to local clubs and the community,” Mr Reeves said.
Mr Reeves said developing sport at the grassroots level not only heightens our chances of hosting events, but reinforces our reputation as the Champions State and the Events State as well.
“Queensland has had a great sporting year which is partly due to the Government’s continued investment in sport and recreation, which is more than other states or territories,” he said.
“However, we don’t want to rest on our laurels, which is why I recently launched the Ahead of the Game discussion paper to help develop a new vision or a road map for sport and recreation into the future.
Ahead of the Game backgrounds what we’ve achieved and how our initiatives have taken us to where we are now, but more importantly it asks key questions on where we should be heading.
“We want to work in partnership with everyone – from clubs and associations to local government and the broader community to focus our efforts on how we can get even more Queenslanders participating in sport and recreation.
“This aligns with our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative to help Queenslanders become the healthiest people in Australia.”