John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Government backs Sport and Recreation community initiatives

    23/12/2005 12:00 AM

    Sport and Recreation Minister John Bowler has announced the results of the latest round of funding under the Sport and Recreation Community Grants scheme.

    More than $600,000 has been allocated to 47 separate projects throughout metropolitan and regional Western Australia to support initiatives which increase physical activity or enhance the skills of people who provide sport and recreation opportunities.

    Grants of between $1,000 and $50,000 were approved to various local governments, educational institutions, sport and recreation clubs and other community organisations.

    This scheme incorporates club development, volunteer management, special initiatives, community sport education and other community funding programs targeting populations such as youth, seniors, women, indigenous people and people with disabilities.

    “The projects we have funded are all about getting people more actively involved in sport and recreation and more involved in their own communities,” Mr Bowler said.

    “There is a solid emphasis on working with indigenous communities, where we aim to improve the quality of life.

    “At-risk youth are a particular focus of this Government, whose primary objective is building a healthier society through better health, education and crime prevention outcomes.”


    Association for the Blind of WA Inc - $50,000
    This project involves four eight-week term blocks, during which seven to 17-year-old blind or vision-impaired young people engage in various sports and physical activities.

    Australian University Sport Inc - $50,000
    This project will focus on the development of a university student practicum/volunteer program to help students acquire the appropriate skills to contribute effectively to community sport.

    Shire of Derby-West Kimberley - $50,000
    The project aims to increase participation in physical activity and recreation, particularly across non-traditional users of existing shire facilities and programs and to develop the capacity of people in the community to sustain this activity into the future.

    Submissions for the next round of Sport and Recreation Community Grants Scheme close on February 28, 2006, when more than $400,000 will be made available.

    Applicants are encouraged to consult the Department of Sport and Recreation website at for more information.

    Minister's office: 9213 6500