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    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    $17 million boost for sports infrastructure

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Monday, March 07, 2016

    $17 million boost for sports infrastructure

    An additional $17 million is up for grabs for sporting clubs and recreation groups to build new infrastructure or upgrade existing facilities across Queensland.

    Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt said organisations across Queensland could apply for infrastructure funding grants of between $300,000 and $1.5 million.

    “I was excited to approve this additional funding after seeing the impressive array of projects and ideas put forward by Councils and organisations right around Queensland during the ‘registration of interest’ process,” Mr Pitt said.

    “Frankly we were inundated and I was thrilled to see the calibre of submissions and the innovative concepts being put forward.

    “This is catalytic funding that will enable organisations to deliver game-changing infrastructure upgrades which sporting clubs or Councils might not be able to afford.

    “These projects are often big- ticket infrastructure upgrades such as lighting or building improvement which can really make a difference in driving sports participation in our communities”

    “I’m also going to extend the submissions period, to give Councils additional time following the elections to put forward the best submissions possible.”

    Submissions will now be accepted through to 29 April 2016.

    Mr Pitt said the $17 million injection took the total funding pool to $40 million for this round of the Get Playing Plus program.

    “I want more Queenslanders to have access to a wider range of quality local sporting and active recreation infrastructure,” Mr Pitt said.

    “We expect to be able to support as many as 50 new sport and recreation infrastructure projects or expansions across the state.

    “We know Queensland’s lifestyle is the envy of Australia and I’m keen to support the construction of infrastructure that will help more people get outdoors, keep active and live a healthy life.”

    This initiative is designed to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level by developing places and spaces that increase participation opportunities, meet service gaps and address regional needs.

    For more details on the program visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getplayingplus/

     

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