GEORGE ALERTS LOCAL SPORTING GROUPS TO REVISED NSW SPORT & RECREATION GRANT FUNDING – JUST OPENED

GEORGE ALERTS LOCAL SPORTING GROUPS TO REVISED NSW SPORT & RECREATION GRANT FUNDING – JUST OPENED

19 November 2009

With NSW Government Sport and Recreation grants recently revised and announced today, Member for Lismore, Thomas George has urged local sporting groups and councils to throw their hats in the ring.

“There are a number of grants, large and small, available and all of them could potentially provide great relief for our local sporting groups.”

However with the applications closing in December, Thomas George urged groups to move fast.

The Future Direction for Sport and Recreation Funding was announced today, offering financial assistance to sport and recreation groups and individuals.

The State Government has made changes following a review, which means there will be a change to the method of funding to ensure that funding programs support increased participation in recreation and sporting activities. Additionally, investment is to be prioritised to achieve the most effective outcomes for the community.

Mr George said, the 2009/10 the Sport and Recreation Grant Program will be consolidated around three focus areas, which include;

Community Involvement in Recreation and Sport – Recognising the importance of increasing community engagement and social cohesion through participation in recreation and sporting activities,

Sport and Recreation Facilities Development – Recognising that funding to support facilities development remains a high priority for the sector and the NSW Government in increasing participation in sport and recreation,

Sport Development and Athlete Pathways – Recognising that funding programs are an important contributor to enabling a strong and responsive sport industry and the development of athlete pathways.

From these focus areas the new grant programs are;

There are also a number of community sessions currently running to outline the new grants program and funding changes, open to the public free of charge as follows:

Murwillumbah – Thursday 26 November 2009, 12.30pm at the Civic Centre

“Living in rural Australia sport is a major focus of our communities, whether it be competitively or socially. It keeps our communities fit, healthy, active and engaged and I believe sporting opportunities should be enhanced in all our towns.”

However Thomas George said a number of popular grants such as the Country Athletics Scheme, Country Coaches and Officials Travel Scheme, Far West Travel Scheme, Women’s Sport Leaders Scholarship Program and the Far West Travel Scheme had now been consolidated into the above grants.

“Due to our large geographic area travel costs are one of the main challenges for sporting groups here in the Lismore Electorate and grants such as the Country Athletes Scheme have been a real blessing in the past.”

Thomas George said further information and application forms were available at www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants/ or by phoning the electorate office on 6621 3624.

Lismore Contact Details:

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

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577