Regional athletes and clubs are winners thanks to a new $2million initiative which opens today.
The Supporting Community Sport initiative, launched today by Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron, features the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme and the Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme.
The $2million initiative is being delivered by the Department of Sport and Recreation, funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
The Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme supports talented regional athletes to pursue regional, State and national representation.
“It’s costly for regional athletes to travel in order to train and compete at a sub elite and elite level,” Mr Waldron said.
“This subsidy scheme will give our young athletes the opportunity to maximise their potential and reach for greater heights.”
The Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme gives regional sporting clubs access to a one-off $500 subsidy to be spent on increasing or upgrading shared sporting equipment, which is accessible to all club members.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said that with more people joining local sport and recreation clubs in the regions, the funds would help ensure equipment could be provided to keep pace with the growing demand.
“It’s also important for equipment to be kept up-to-date, in good condition and safe for play,” Mr Redman said.
Sport and Recreation Minister’s office - 6552 6100
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700