Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced 10 regional sport and recreation projects would share in $3.5 million to improve local facilities.
Announcing the grants at Collingwood Park in Albany today, Ms Davies said the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund went directly to grassroots sports.
"As part of this funding, $110,240 will go towards upgrading the lighting at Collingwood Park, which is home to 1,500 sporting club members from football, cricket and touch rugby, and this will make a huge difference to those who play and train here," she said.
"Sporting clubs are the life blood of local communities, which is why the Liberal National Government has made an unprecedented investment in grassroots sporting facilities in our regions, as well as other regional sporting grants to help athletes who live and train in country Western Australia."
Earlier this week, the Minister announced $8.4 million for 16 metropolitan projects, bringing the total investment to $11.9 million as part of the latest CSRFF round.
"This latest round takes the total of grassroots sport facilities funding since 2008 to more than $169 million, through more than 1,000 grassroots sporting facilities, of which $93 million has been spent in regional Western Australia," she said.
"Through this State-wide infrastructure program, 55 per cent of the funds have been spent in regional WA under the Liberal National Government. This is a valuable investment in our community and allows people living in the regions access to quality sport and recreation facilities."
Other State Government regional sporting programs that help clubs and athletes access quality facilities and training expertise include the Regional Organisation Sustainability Program, Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme and active regional communities grants.
The Liberal National Government's commitment to a stronger sporting system has included investing in more than 46 sporting ovals; 43 swimming pools; 92 clubrooms; 300 tennis, basketball and netball courts; 90 bowling greens and 171 floodlighting developments.
The Government is also investing $15 million in the Centennial Park redevelopment in Albany.
"Albany, as a growing and important regional centre with strong community standards, deserves all the support our Government can provide - and we will continue to work with local government and sporting associations to ensure WA people have the best and most affordable sporting facilities possible," Ms Davies said.
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