The Liberal National Government will create two new funding programs to help regional sporting clubs and athletes.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said $2million would be allocated over the next four years to support talented athletes through a Junior Representative Travel Assistance Program, and help sporting clubs in regional Western Australia access equipment through a Community Sports Equipment Grant.
“The State Government is aware of the difficulties facing many families and individuals with cost of living expenses and is committed to providing better-targeted support to those who need it,” Mr Waldron said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said $500,000 of State Government Royalties for Regions funds had been allocated each year for the next four years to help get the programs up and running.
“Regional athletes should not be disadvantaged and we will make grants of up to $1,000 available through the Travel Assistance Program for athletes aged 13-21 who have been selected for regional, State or national representation, by assisting with travel costs,” Mr Grylls said.
Mr Waldron said the Travel Assistance Program would be phased in to complement existing programs that supported the development of regional athletes.
“This program will be more inclusive and work hand-in-hand with the Country Athlete Scholarships program, offering more assistance to a wider group of young athletes,” he said.
In addition to the regional Travel Assistance Program, the Community Sports Equipment Grants program will also assist clubs with access to a one-off $500 grant for shared equipment.
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