The Bligh Government is kicking goals for Sunshine Coast sport thanks to more than $827,000 in funding as part of the Sport and Recreation Infrastructure program.
Sport Minister Phil Reeves will today present cheques to five organisations to help them upgrade sport and recreation facilities.
“Brothers Rugby Club Sunshine Coast will receive $299,675 to construct change rooms, match official and first aid room to support rugby union at Bokarina,” Mr Reeves said.
“$297,868 will go to Kawana Park Junior Australian Football Club so it can build change rooms, umpire rooms, storage and first aid room to support Australian football at Bokarina
“Noosa District Rugby Union Club will receive $42,405 in funding to install lighting to support rugby union at Dolphin Oval, Noosa.
“Noosa Branch Little Athletics Centre will use its $44,794 grant to construct a long jump pit and runway to support athletics at Noosa.
“Sunshine Coast Regional Council will receive $142,503 to install field lighting to support multi-sports at Cooroy.
“These projects will provide a major boost to the community, and will provide a great resource for the development of future champions.
“As a government, we want to make sure our local sport and recreation clubs have the best facilities so they can continue to provide that vital community service.
“We know that clubs are the lifeblood of communities, and by funding new facilities, upgrades and developments, the Bligh Government is helping to secure the future of grassroots sport.
“This infrastructure funding is a win-win situation as it will create jobs and provide locals with the infrastructure they need to get up, get out and get active.
“The Sunshine Coast loves its sport, and we want to encourage them to get involved in sport and recreation by providing new and improved facilities.
“Ultimately, this will help local organisations develop and thrive, and will help increase their membership numbers.”
Mr Reeves said the latest Bligh Government funding for sport and recreation compliments other funding initiatives including the Positive or it’s Pointless campaign, the Sport and Recreation Local Jobs Plan, and the Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion program.
“The Bligh Government understands the important role sport plays, which is why we invest more in sport and recreation than any other state,” he said.
“Developing sport at the grassroots right up to the elite level heightens our chances of hosting events, and reinforces our reputation as the Champions State and the Events State as well.
“This is underpinned by our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative to help Queenslanders become the healthiest people in Australia.”
For more information about sport and recreation funding, call 1300 656 191 or visit http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/sportrec/funding