Gladstone clubs share in statewide investment in sport and recreation

Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, says Gladstone sport and recreation groups have shared in a funding boost for sport and recreation across the state.

Mr Pitt said grants made under two state-wide programs would help clubs, associations, and local councils to establish new or upgraded facilities, buy new equipment, and encourage greater participation at the grassroots level.

Mr Pitt said the latest funding to clubs and organisations across Queensland included:

  • more than $13 million in state-wide funds to support 164 capital works projects in the latest round of the Get Playing Places and Spacesprogram providing up to $100,000 to develop new, upgraded or replacement sport and recreation infrastructure, and
  • $3.5 million to 539 clubs and organisations under the Get Going Clubsprogram providing grants up to $7500 to encourage greater participation in sport and recreation in local communities.

“I look forward to seeing the new, improved and replacement infrastructure projects in communities throughout the regions as a result of this latest round of the Get Playing Places and Spaces program — ranging from playing fields and courts, through to clubhouses and new lights,” Mr Pitt said.

Assistant Minister for Local Government and Infrastructure, and Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher, welcomed the funding boost for local sport and recreation groups.

“The latest round of grants under the Get Going Clubs program will see local clubs buy new equipment, conduct training or accreditation courses, and conduct activities to encourage new members to sign up,” Mr Butcher said.

They included:

  • Gladstone Calliope Equestrian Group — $3,650 to hold a “come and try” day
  • Gladstone Gymnastic Club — $7,340 to purchase a tumbler air track
  • Meteors Sports Club — $7,500 to train and mentor volunteers in governance, committee coaching and succession planning to support football and hockey
  • Scout Association of Australia Queensland Branch — $5,280 to purchase equipment including paddles, flotation devices and canoes to support canoeing in the Gladstone region.

“These funds are an investment in our local community and its sporting future,” Mr Butcher said.