• Up to $50,000 available for local clubs to partner with Victorian Coalition Government to build or upgrade their facilities
• Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program to support local projects
• Clubs encouraged to offer in-kind support for new facilities
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan has encouraged local clubs to apply for funding to improve their facilities through the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 million Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program.
Mr Ryan said the program rewarded innovative community clubs and organisations with dollar-for-dollar funding of up to $50,000 for sport and recreation facility projects that encouraged participation, improved safety, delivered innovative facilities and for improvements that were environmentally sustainable.
Mr Ryan said projects that were eligible for funding included:
- outdoor sports surfaces;
- outdoor playing field developments;
- unisex accessible change rooms, toilets and showers for facility users;
- outdoor sports lighting;
- indoor sports surfaces including lighting;
- permanent/fixed equipment such as gymnastics floors;
- water sports facilities;
- multi-purpose training facilities; and
- seasonal pool upgrades to support club activities.
“This program is a game-changer for local sporting clubs, acknowledging the hard work of volunteer administrators by providing financial support for projects that make a big difference to local people,” Mr Ryan said.
“Through this program we are keen to support local sport and recreation clubs which can source materials or have qualified tradespeople such as electricians or plumbers to provide in-kind support to projects.
“We want to unlock the capacity of local clubs to deliver sporting infrastructure, in particular the capacity of local sports communities to provide in-kind labour and materials towards a project.”
Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum said clubs and communities wanting to access this funding should contact their local council to discuss potential projects.
Mr Drum said local councils could apply for up to $50,000 to support two projects in their region and that each project could have a total cost of up to $150,000.
“The Coalition Government is proud to invest in a program that promotes the importance of inclusive partnerships between clubs, local and state government, whilst generating additional economic activity in local communities,” Mr Drum said.
“It’s the Coalition Government that understands community sport, and it’s only the Coalition Government that can implement programs that make a real difference to local sport.”
Mr Ryan said more information about the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program and other community sporting facility funding programs was available online at www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/local-facilities-for-local-clubs or by contacting his office in Sale on 5144 1987.
Mr Ryan said applications for the Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program close on Monday, 15 September 2014.
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