South West to benefit from ground-breaking sports funding

The Turnbull Government has delivered a $230 million package of sports and physical activity participation initiatives to encourage more Australians to be more active, more often.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said participation in sport and physical activity is vital for the health and wellbeing of those living in the South West and is foundational to the Government’s national sports agenda.

“Participation in sport and physical activity is vital for the health and wellbeing of all Australians – but unfortunately as a nation we are moving less than ever,” Mrs Marino said.

“Inactivity is now considered almost as risky to our nation’s health as smoking. So encouraging Australians to get more active is becoming critical.

“The Turnbull Government is making significant investment into our national and community sporting organisations, our local schools and other organisations to encourage us to be active.

Within the package, there is funding of $50.4 million to implement a suite of initiatives to improve access to, and increase participation in physical activity. This will be targeted at the less active across all ages or stages of life.

The Liberal-led Government will continue to fund the AusSport survey which measures activity levels in Australia. There is also increased funding to expand the incredibly popular and important Local Sporting Champions program which is open to people in the South West.

“The additional funding for the Local Sporting Champions program will support a further 3,000 athletes – a 56 per cent increase, with an increase in funding for young developing athletes in the regions,” Mrs Marino said.

Community based sporting clubs will share in infrastructure grants of up to $500,000 for small to medium scale projects or improvements to existing, ageing or outmoded facilities. The program aims to ensure more Australians have access to quality sporting facilities, encouraging greater community participation in sport, while ensuring the surge in women’s sport is supported by appropriate infrastructure.

“Off the back of the success of our female teams and athletes, we have seen a surge in women’s participation in sport. This funding will provide an opportunity for community clubs to ensure they are able to meet the increasing demand by ensuring they have appropriate facilities,” Mrs Marino said.

The Sporting Schools Program will be extended to deliver high quality sporting activities for students and will encourage children to play sport, be active and reduce the costs for parents. Up to 1.1 million primary and secondary school students will take part in the program.