Joint Media Release with Minister For Sport Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Territory sporting groups are encouraged to apply for funding for a national $29.7million programme aimed at upgrading community sport infrastructure, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today.
The Community Sport Infrastructure grant programme has been launched 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.
Senator Scullion urged Northern Territory 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,” Senator Scullion said.
“I encourage sport and community groups to collaborate and think about projects that could enhance our facilities in the Northern Territory. Even the smallest of facility projects can have a big impact on boosting local business, economy, health and social cohesiveness.
“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.
“Given the current Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s continuing neglect of the Territory’s community sporting infrastructure; these grants are an important part of the CLPs commitment to ensuring Territorians have wonderful sporting facilities.”
The programme 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 programme can be found at https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/community_sport_infrastructure_grant_program