Mulgrave locals from all walks of life will benefit from more than $106,000 in Bligh Government funding as part of the Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion Program.*
State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt MP said the organisations to receive funding include:
- $38,400 to Cairns Regional Council to conduct a ‘Kids Sports’ program involving activities for children and training to volunteers to support multi-sport activities at Edmonton and White Rock
- $23,175 to Gurriny Yealamucka Health Services Aboriginal Corporation to conduct a program of aerobics, aqua-aerobics, walking, pilates and zumba classes for adults at Yarrabah
- $45,000 to Streets Movement Indigenous Corporation to conduct boxing, health and fitness opportunities over three years for children, youth and families at risk, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cairns.
“The Bligh Government, through the 2010-11 Budget, is providing funding to organisations so that all Queenslanders have an opportunity to get involved in sport and recreation activities,” Mr Pitt said.
“Active Inclusion was created to support projects that meet the needs of population groups with access issues.
“It’s about making sure people that face physical, cultural or social barriers have the opportunity to be involved in sport and recreation on a regular basis.
“This program will focus the efforts of sport and recreation clubs, local community organisations, and councils to look for new ways to involve people from all walks of life.
“The program will help us develop more vibrant, active communities for everyone to enjoy.
“Sport is a great part of the Queensland way of life, and I don’t want anyone to miss out on that experience.”
Sport Minister Phil Reeves, who announced the new suite of sport and recreation funding programs earlier this year, said the programs were designed to increase participation, recruit volunteers, and encourage disadvantaged communities to participate in sport and recreation.
“One of the targets in the Bligh Government’s blueprint for the next decade, Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland, is to help Queenslanders become Australia’s healthiest people by 2020,” Mr Reeves said.
“Our aim is to reduce obesity levels by one-third by 2020.
“The benefits of regular physical activity are well documented and our investment in sport and recreation is focused on making sure everyone has an opportunity to get out and get active.
“Queensland invests more funding in sport and recreation than any other state in Australia, which helps us work towards our aim of developing more sporting opportunities for all.”
*This refers to the Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion program which funds community projects.
The Active Inclusion program
Funding for Community projects
Funding up to $50,000 is available for projects to meet the funding categories above.
Funding for not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations
Funding is available up to a total of $5,000 across the three funding categories to build the capacity of the clubs through education and training; recruitment and retention of volunteers; and encouraging participation in sport and recreation in their community.
About the program
The Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion Program supports communities by providing funding for activities and education to increase access to sport and recreation for individuals and groups facing barriers to participation within the community.
Funding is available under the following three categories:
- Participation initiatives – Projects that encourage greater opportunities to be involved in sport and recreation.
- Education and training programs – Training activities that develop the skills of service providers.
- Volunteer development and recruitment – Activities that support organisations with the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
Organisations eligible to apply:
- Queensland not-for-profit organisations Councils
- Queensland State schools
- A sport or recreation body that can deliver suitable projects to the target groups
For more information go to http://www.sportrec.qld.gov.au/Funding.aspx