Page 928 - Week 03 - Thursday, 7 April 2022

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ACT. On 24 March I announced the recipients of the 2022 sport and recreation grants. The grants will see more than $2.6 million invested in local sport and recreation. More than 60 local sport and recreation organisations across Canberra will receive funding for operations, facility upgrades and equipment under the grants program.

The ACT government’s Sport and Recreation Grants Program assists local sporting organisations and clubs to support and grow our community’s ongoing involvement in sport and recreational activities. These include, under several categories, support to peak bodies and clubs with ongoing funding and supporting specific programs, like an operational program to support ongoing costs, a developmental program to support specific projects, a capital program to support sporting infrastructure, an inclusive participation program to increase sporting participation, and a women’s participation and leadership program to promote female participation in sport and leadership roles in the sector. These grants are one of the many ways that the ACT government is supporting sport and recreation in the ACT.

MS ORR: Minister, how are these grants supporting sports clubs and communities in Canberra?

MS BERRY: The sport and recreation grants provide support to a diverse range of peak bodies and clubs to deliver activities that help to keep Canberrans engaged in sport and active recreation. The range of support is varied and tailored to each sporting group and club’s needs. Almost all sports in the ACT are represented by peak bodies, and the ACT government provides ongoing funding through these grants to support peak sporting bodies that, among other things, deliver community competitions, development programs and performance pathways.

The grants also help with the purchase of necessary equipment to support participation and safety. The equipment and products that are used in the sports are as varied as the sports themselves. These grants ensure that clubs can afford to buy equipment that they need to run their sport and do it safely.

Finally, a key focus of these grants is to support programs that specifically reach out to engage communities that are often under-represented in sport and recreation. It is great to see the increasing participation by and recognition of women in sport, from the grassroots to leadership and at the elite level. The ACT government has a strong track record of supporting women’s sport in the ACT, and these grants help to build on this commitment.

DR PATERSON: Minister, what is the range of sports funded through this grants process?

MS BERRY: I thank Dr Paterson for her supplementary question. This year’s sport and recreation grants provide funding to over 60 local sports and clubs. I want to take the opportunity to highlight a couple of those that have been made to Canberra’s local sports clubs.

Canberra Archery Club will receive funding for the installation of permanent all-weather structures to enable continued participation through weather conditions.

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