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    Acting Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
    The Honourable Tracy Davis

    Recovery funding to help Queensland’s flood affected clubs

    Acting Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
    The Honourable Tracy Davis

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    Recovery funding to help Queensland’s flood affected clubs

    Flood damaged Queensland sporting clubs will be able to get back on their feet more quickly with the first round of grants in the Newman Government’s $1 million disaster recovery fund now available.

    Acting Sport and Recreation Minister Tracy Davis today announced the first 18 clubs to receive grants under the Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery program, with many more expected in coming weeks.

    Ms Davis said the funding would be vital in assisting damaged sporting and community clubs including organisations in Bundaberg, Gympie and on the Fraser Coast, to rebuild.

    “Queensland’s grassroots sporting and recreation clubs are the backbone of local communities and with this funding the Newman Government is helping ensure they can get back to business as soon as possible,” Ms Davis said.

    “A huge number of clubs were hit by the extreme weather brought about by ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald, and as the clean-up commences they will need all the support they can get.

    “We’re working with damaged clubs all over Queensland to ensure everything in our power to do is being done.”

    Ms Davis said organisations could still apply for grants up to $25,000 under the Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program, to replace much needed equipment and repair clubhouses and grounds.

    “With winter sports seasons kicking off soon we need to see Queensland’s clubs fully operational as soon as possible,” she said.

    “I understand many clubs are still waiting on damage assessments in order to complete their funding applications and strongly encourage them to apply for this support once these are received.

    "Sport and recreation clubs are a vital part of our local communities, particularly in smaller rural and regional areas which were among those hit hardest by the recent extreme weather.”

    The one-off funding grants are available to eligible flood-affected clubs and organisations in local government areas across Queensland.

    Application forms are available from Sport and Recreation Service Centres, at www.nprsr.qld.gov.auor by calling 1300 656 191 for assistance. Applications will remain open until Friday 10 May 2013.

    Clubs to receive funding in the initial round are:

    • Aztecs Softball Club (Maryborough)
    • Riding for Disabled Association (Maryborough)
    • Hervey Bay Motocross
    • Bundaberg Basketball Association
    • North Bundaberg Cricket Club
    • Tantitha Bowls Club (Bundaberg)
    • Bundaberg Cricket Association
    • Bundaberg Darts and Sports
    • Bundaberg Hockey
    • Bundaberg Netball
    • Gin Gin Little Athletics
    • Gin Gin Rugby League
    • Monto Men’s Bowls Club
    • Sandy Hook Ski Club
    • Bargara Golf Club
    • Football Gympie
    • One Mile Sports (Gympie)
    • Keperra Country Golf Club

    [ENDS] 11 March 2013
    Media Contact: Anna Hilton 0408 191 192