The Baird Liberal Government announced today $32 million over four years for a new state-wide fund specifically for community sportsgrounds and sporting facilities if  re-elected on March 28.

This is a great example of local clubs, the community and the government all working together. Local sporting clubs are an important part of our community and we should ensure they have adequate facilities to train and compete.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant said this is the missing piece in the sports infrastructure puzzle. “This will help organisations that manage community sporting facilities in our suburbs to deliver much needed upgrades,” Mr Grant said. “Our future sporting legends should not have to develop their skills on dusty hard ovals, overgrown out-fields and crumbling courts.”

“Registered clubs have a long association with community sports, and this new fund ensures that the facilities used by local sports clubs are up to standard,” Mr Grant said.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres said that this will be a free kick for community sports clubs. “Local clubs can improve access to sportsgrounds by applying for works such as turf and drainage upgrades, installing lights for evening sessions, and building change room facilities,” Mr Ayres said.

The $32 million fund will be administered via the ClubGRANTS program. It will be specifically for small to mid-tier grants to sporting facilities such as community ovals, swimming pools and sports courts.

Applications are expected to open in the middle of the year, once the appropriate amendments are made to program guidelines. Community and Emergency Services grants will continue under the ClubGRANTS category 3 scheme.