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    Child Safety and Sport
    The Honourable Phil Reeves

    BLIGH GOVERNMENT INVESTS $20 MILLION IN SPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

    Child Safety and Sport
    The Honourable Phil Reeves

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    BLIGH GOVERNMENT INVESTS $20 MILLION IN SPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

    The Queensland sports community has scored a hole-in-one with the Bligh Government investing $20 million in new and upgraded infrastructure projects, Sport Minister Phil Reeves announced today.

    Mr Reeves said the latest round of the Government’s popular Sport and Recreation Infrastructure program has closed with 130 projects set to benefit from the funding boost.

    “As a government, we want to make sure our clubs, organisations, schools and Councils have the best sports facilities so they can continue to provide that vital community service,” Mr Reeves said.

    “That’s what the Infrastructure program is all about. It focuses on helping organisations upgrade their premises, or assist them with new developments so their members and the wider community can enjoy and utilise first-class infrastructure.

    “This infrastructure funding is a win-win situation as it will create jobs and provide locals with the infrastructure they need to get up, get out and get active.

    “Queenslanders love their sport, and we want to encourage them to get involved in sport and recreation by providing new and improved facilities.

    “Ultimately, this will help local organisations develop and thrive, and will help increase their membership numbers.”

    Mr Reeves said the latest Bligh Government funding for sport and recreation compliments other funding initiatives including the Positive or it’s Pointless campaign, the Sport and Recreation Local Jobs Plan, and the Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion program.

    “The Bligh Government understands the important role sport plays, which is why we invest more in sport and recreation than any other state,” he said.

    “Developing sport at the grassroots right up to the elite level heightens our chances of hosting events, and reinforces our reputation as the Champions State and the Events State as well.

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

    For more information about sport and recreation funding, call 1300 656 191 or visit http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/sportrec/funding

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