22 February 2005

Sporting and recreational groups in the Lismore electorate are entitled to be peeved with the State Government's delay of funding under the Sport and Recreation Capital Assistance Program, said Member for Lismore, Thomas George.

"Not only has the State Government appeared to have cut the amount allocated under the Program to each electorate by about $5,000, it looks like they might be slyly cutting a year off the program, said Mr George.

"Previously, the hard working sport and recreation groups in Lismore electorate could look forward to advice as to whether they received funds or not in about August or September of each year.

"However the government has slowly pushed the grants announcements out to March or April.

"This effectively means that the government has saved, over a nine to ten month period, at least a one off payment representing around about $3.7 million", said Mr George.

"I know that the sports and recreation groups in my electorate eagerly seek and await the announcement of the grants under the Capital Assistance Program, which enables much needed work on local sports amenities to be undertaken by those groups.

Mr George said sporting and recreational groups contributed dollar for dollar to the grant monies.

"To delay payment to those groups, who are out selling chook raffle tickets and organising lamington drives and other fund raising activities to raise their dollar for dollar contribution is an insult to those hard working, local sport and recreation committees.

"The government has to regulate the payment dates so that organisations know where they are going in regard to the important work that they want to undertake.

"After all, the government gets the benefit of sporting and recreation facilities only half of which is paid for by them", said Mr George.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.