Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    AFL partnership shines light on Kimberley footy talent

    31/07/2022 12:00 AM
    • State Government and AFL go halves on $1 million annual investment for five years
    • Facility upgrades, improved community participation, job creation, supporting regional coaching and travel subsidies to remove geographical barriers
    • Floodlights on at Nipper Roe Sports Field, Broome thanks to $300,000 funding

    Under new flood lights funded by the McGowan Government, Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman has shared details of a fifty-fifty partnership with the Australian Football League (AFL) to invest $1 million annually, for five years, in community sport across the Kimberley region.


    It's hoped the footy-focused initiative - called the Kimberley Implementation Strategy - will kick goals in several ways, from improving grounds where AFL is played, to removing geographical barriers by supporting team travel.


    Making the announcement at the recently upgraded Nipper Roe Sports Field in Broome, the Minister said the new funding would be divided into the following four areas:

    ·         $400,000 on additional fulltime resources to implement the Kimberley Football Delivery Strategy, creating new local jobs to support football development;

    ·         $380,000 into facility upgrades such as lighting, ground improvements and female change rooms and amenities;

    ·         $100,000 on travel subsidies, removing barriers to regular competition, particularly for remote communities participating in the Kimberley football leagues; and

    ·         $120,000 to bolster football pathways, football leagues, supporting regional-based coaches and providing access to specialist expertise.


    This funding, totalling $5 million over five years, follows recent State Government investments in Kimberley football, including $300,000 for new floodlighting at Nipper Roe Sports Field in Broome and $592,000 upgrades to change rooms and lighting at Clarrie Cassidy Oval in Wyndham.


    Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:


    "After the legacy of WA's historic first AFL Grand Final, I'm proud the McGowan Government and Australian Football League's partnership continues with this funding of grass roots footy.


    "Being in Broome brings home the passion for the game locally, especially among our First Nations people - it's certainly a way of life here. And at a time when the community wants more night-time activities, I'm delighted to see the flood lights on at Nipper Roe Sports Field thanks to a recent $300,000 investment.


    "A number of high-profile players in the AFL and AFLW hail from the Kimberley and I am in no doubt that number will only increase in future. This $1 million annual contribution from the AFL and State Government will be key to achieving the goal of player development."


    Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna:


    "I am delighted to see this partnership come to fruition. We love our footy here in the Kimberley - we have 81 teams, 17 Auskick centres and nearly 2,600 registered players.


    "By investing in football development, ground improvements and travel subsidies, we are not just investing in sport, we are investing in the community and in the future health and wellbeing of our young people."


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