Norman Moore

Norman Moore

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    State Government boosts funds for country sport and recreation

    14/12/2000 12:13 PM
     
    14/12/00

    State Cabinet has backed plans to further improve the delivery of sport and recreation services to regional Western Australia.

    It has also approved extra funding to implement the plans.

    Sport and Recreation Minister Norman Moore said an extra $1 million would be spent in the regions over the next three years with an ongoing commitment of approximately $400,000 per annum.

    Mr Moore said nine regional offices, in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid-West, Goldfields, Wheatbelt, Peel, South-West and Great Southern, would benefit.

    The major change would be to the structure of regional offices to ensure more effective regional management, including an increase in staff numbers which would provide additional resources to support community needs.

    It followed comprehensive consultation with local government and sport and recreation groups.

    Mr Moore said the key outcome of the regional restructure would be improved sport and recreation service delivery and representation at the local level in regional Western Australian communities.

    It would mean:
    • improved community development through strategic involvement in community facility planning, sport and recreation planning, and other physical activity initiatives;
    • more active promotion of the benefits of sport and recreation to the wider community;
    • more effective communication and delivery of programs and resources to regional and remote communities;
    • greater capacity to facilitate the organisational development of regional sport and recreation bodies. This would result in improved association and club planning and management and regional planning; and -
    • increased access to support service and programs.

    Mr Moore said the State Government was well aware that supporting sport and recreation was an investment in the health of our society.

    “Sport and recreation pursuits teach lifelong skills which can be translated to other professional and personal pursuits,”
    he said.

    “In the country, sport and recreation is even more than that, it often is the social fabric of rural society.”

    Mr Moore said the planned changes would add to the giant strides already made in supporting sport and recreation activities in regional WA.

    “The State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, under which the Government contributes to the cost of capital works for sport and recreation, the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme, which brings top-class sport to the country, and the Sports Lottery Fund support for regional sporting groups are all positive and highly-successful initiatives,”
    he said.

    Mr Moore said the latest move was a significant part of a major restructure of the Sport and Recreation Way2Go over the last 16 months.

    Media contacts:
    Hartley Joynt, Minister’s office, 9321 1444
    Erin Broderick, Sport and Recreation Way2Go, 9387 9749.