Goldfields-Esperance Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today announced State Government grants totalling $50,807 to improve sport and recreation facilities in the shires of Esperance and Ravensthorpe.
Ms Ravlich said the funding was part of the State Government’s $10.5million Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) allocations for 2008-09.
The grants include:
· $35,107 for the Gibson Football Club to upgrade lighting at Gibson Oval;
· $5,700 to the Shire of Esperance to undertake a feasibility study into the amalgamation of the community hall, golf club, tennis club and badminton facilities; and
· $10,000 to the Shire of Ravensthorpe for the development of a recreation strategy.
“Sport and recreation have become a vital part of the lives of Western Australians,” the Minister said.
“They help turn around increasing levels of obesity and at the same time build community connections.”
Ms Ravlich said that since 2001, the State Government had invested more than $82million in community sport and recreation facilities.
“The CSRFF is all about making sure that WA has well-designed and utilised community and sport and recreation facilities, which form an important part of what sport and recreation means to us as individuals, families and communities,” she said.
“The facilities allow young people to keep their lives on track and adults to keep their health in check, and provide a place where they can connect with friends and team-mates.”
CSRFF grants meet up to one third of a project’s estimated total cost, with the rest of the money coming from local government, sporting bodies or the local community.
The Minister acknowledged the significant contribution made by local government and local sporting groups to community sport and recreation.
“Western Australian local governments are among the biggest contributors to sport and recreation in Australia,” she said.
“By partnering with local governments and local sporting groups, we are investing in the community and giving Western Australians high quality sporting facilities in which people can enjoy sport and active recreation.”
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