Investment in sport infrastructure to build stronger communities

Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, has encouraged local sporting groups in the south west to apply for funding through a national $29.7million program aimed at upgrading community sport infrastructure.

The Community Sport Infrastructure grant program has been launched today 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.

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

“Sporting facilities are vital for inspiring physical activity and health, but also for building community spirit and pride.

“I encourage sport and community groups to collaborate and think about projects that could enhance our facilities in the south west. Even the smallest of facility projects can have a big impact on boosting local business, economy, health and social cohesiveness,” Ms Marino said.

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

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