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Nov

Record funding for Grassroots Sports

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will help Nepean community sports clubs to thrive, investing in better facilities and supporting the growth in women’s and junior sport.

Grassroots sports clubs in Nepean have been left behind by Daniel Andrews. Local clubs are struggling to cater for growing demand, including more participation by women and girls, and desperately need more funding to build better facilities.

Liberal candidate for Nepean Russell Joseph 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.

“Grassroots sports are an important way to stay active and a great way for young people to get involved in their community, which is why we want to support clubs to thrive,” Russell Joseph said.

“With the increasing popularity of female participation in soccer, basketball and cricket our local facilities are bursting at the seams with an increasing number of sub-standard change rooms and training facilities being utilised at a number of local clubs.”

“Only a Liberal Nationals Government will provide our community sports clubs with the backing they need to get back in control and build the facilities they need to support local population growth.”

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:

  • Help clubs in growth areas get back in control and build better sports facilities with a new $30 million Sports Infrastructure for Growing Communities 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
  • 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
  • Invest $2 million over two years for the Shooting Sports Facilities Fund, which Daniel Andrews and Labor MPs cut in the 2018/19 State Budget

“It’s about time that our Peninsula sporting clubs – rather than just the AFL – got some support from the state government,” Russell Joseph said.

“Victorians will have a clear choice at this election.  They can choose Labor who throw buckets of money at rich elite sports like the AFL, or they can choose the Liberal Nationals who will help our local clubs get back in control of the huge demands being placed on their facilities.”

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