Record funding for grassroots sports
Monday 22 October 2018
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will help community sports clubs in Ovens Valley to thrive, investing in better facilities and supporting the growth in women’s and junior sport.
Local grassroots sports clubs have been left behind by Daniel Andrews and local clubs are struggling to cater for growing demand, including increased participation by women and girls, and desperately need more funding to build better facilities.
The Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said only a Liberal Nationals Government will provide the support clubs and volunteers need to get back in control of their stretched resources, with a record $195 million Grassroots Sport Revival Fund.
The centrepiece of this record investment in suburban and country sports is the $89 million Grassroots Sport Fund to fix and upgrade local sports facilities.
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will also:
- Boost investment in country football and netball and expand funding to include local cricket clubs, with a $15 million injection to the Country Football, Netball and Cricket Fund;
- Ensure women and girls have the facilities they need to get involved through the $20 million Women in Sport Facilities Fund;
- Open up schools and other state government owned land for community sport use through a $39 million Sports Ground Investment Package.
“Grassroots sports allow local residents to stay active and get involved in the community, which is why we want to help our local clubs thrive,” Mr McCurdy said.
“It’s about time that our local sporting clubs – rather than just the AFL – got some support from the state government.
“Victorians will have a clear choice at this election. They can choose Labor who throws buckets of money at rich elite sports like the AFL, or the Liberal Nationals who will help local sport clubs get back in control.”
This announcement builds on a number of election commitments already made by Mr McCurdy including $5 million for a new sports stadium at Wangaratta High School with basketball courts for community use and $650,000 for clubrooms for Cobram Roar Soccer Club.