Sport and Recreation Minister Norman Moore has announced a State Government grant of $3,000 towards the Highland Games and Gathering in the Great Southern.
The funding is from the Sports Lottery Fund Country Package.
It will help the Caledonian Society of Albany to run the event next March as a demonstration of the continued existence of Scottish interests in Albany and Western Australia.
Traditional Scottish games such as tossing the caber, hammer-throwing and putting the shot will be on display as well as pipe bands and Scottish dancing groups.
Mr Moore said about 3,000 spectators were expected to attend and would have the chance to take part in sports they had not previously tried or even seen.
He said he was delighted to announce the funding for the event.
“This investment by the State Government in the sporting future of the Great Southern underlines its support for sport in regional Western Australia,” the Minister said.
“Funding such as this from the Sports Lottery Fund Country Package does not only have an immediate impact, it creates the setting in which the future development of sports can be addressed with long-term benefits to the region.”
Sport and Recreation WAY2GO administers the Sports Lottery Fund Country Package.
Hartley Joynt, Minister’s office, 9321 1444.
Local contact: Carrie Barclay, Sport and Recreation WAY2GO, 9841 6800