The future of sport and recreation in Queensland is looking bright with Innisfail clubs set to benefit from a $312,000 funding boost over three years as part of the Local Sport and Recreation Jobs Plan program.

State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Jobs Plan program reflects the Government’s commitment to creating jobs by providing employment opportunities for an additional two Sport and Recreation Coordinators who will service Innisfail clubs.

“This is a win-win situation not only for jobs, but for the local grassroots sport and recreation clubs which will benefit from this program,” Mr Pitt said.

“Past Brothers Leagues Club Innisfail and Cairns and District Rugby Union will each hire a coordinator to provide guidance and expert advice to a cluster of sport and recreation clubs on fundraising, promotional activities and sponsorships at the grassroots level.

“I know there are many club officials and volunteers who just don’t have the time to follow up all the governance, fundraising development and marketing duties that clubs need to pursue.

“They’re flat out running the club and the coordinator will be able to give them much-needed support and advice to help strengthen the clubs so they can continue to provide this vital community service.”

The Local Sport and Recreation Coordinator will:

  • provide advice on governance for a cluster of organisations and source appropriate support avenues
  • develop networks and support collaborative approaches to sport and recreation in local communities
  • support organisations with grant-seeking, sponsorship, fundraising and corporate partnerships
  • advise on effective marketing strategies and promotional activities for sport and recreation.

The coordinators will provide support to the following clubs:

  • Gordonvale Touch Association
  • Innisfail Touch Association
  • Innisfail Brothers Junior Rugby League Football Club
  • Brothers Rugby League Football Club Innisfail
  • Innisfail District Junior Rugby League
  • Babinda Colts Junior Rugby League
  • Tully Junior Rugby League Football Club
  • Innisfail Tenpin Bowling
  • Barron Trinity Rugby Union
  • Southside Crusaders Sport and Cultural Inc
  • Innisfail Rugby Union

Mr Pitt said as a result of the Jobs Plan program 1,150 sport and recreation clubs across Queensland have benefited and are tapping into a wealth of expertise and know-how.

“On top of this, the program will create 178 jobs within the sport and recreation sector, providing massive boost to local clubs and the community,” he said.

Mr Pitt said developing sport at the grassroots level not only heightens our chances of hosting events, but reinforces our reputation as the champions State and the events State as well.

“Queensland has had a great sporting year which is partly due to the Government’s continued investment in sport and recreation, which is more than other states or territories,” he said.

“However, we don’t want to rest on our laurels, which is why the Government recently launched the Ahead of the Game discussion paper to help develop a new vision or a road map for sport and recreation into the future.

“Ahead of the Game backgrounds what we’ve achieved and how our initiatives have taken us to where we are now, but more importantly it asks key questions on where we should be heading.

“We want to work in partnership with everyone – from clubs and associations to local government and the broader community to focus our efforts on how we can get even more Queenslanders participating in sport and recreation.

“This aligns with our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative to help Queenslanders become the healthiest people in Australia.”