Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has encouraged local sporting groups across Cairns and Far North Queensland to apply for funding under a federal government program aimed at upgrading local community sport infrastructure.
The $29.7 million Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program, which was launched today, enables sport and community organisations to apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade sporting infrastructure.
Mr Entsch urged Cairns and Far North Queensland sporting groups to consider projects that would help build participation in physical activity, community partnerships and inclusiveness.
“Sporting facilities are vital for inspiring physical activity and health, but also for building community spirit and pride,” Mr Entsch said.
“I encourage sport and community groups to collaborate and think about projects that could enhance our facilities in Cairns and Far North Queensland.
“Even the smallest of facility projects can have a big impact on boosting local business, economy, health and social cohesiveness.
“Improving lighting, playing surfaces and accessibility for different ages and genders are just some of the ways sporting facilities can be made safer and more appealing.”
The program will be managed by Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity.
Applications for funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program close on September 14.
Further information and application forms can be found at: www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/community_sport_infrastructure_grant_program