Labor sidelines key grassroots sports funding

1 Jul 2015 11:54 AMJann Stuckey

The Opposition has urged the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government to step up to the plate and outline their state-wide plan for sport and recreation funding.

Member for Currumbin and Shadow Minister for Sport, Jann Stuckey said the previous LNP Government had committed $68 million for the hugely popular Get in the Game program, but Labor was refusing to follow through with the funding.

“It is now four months since the Labor have been in power and they have not only refused to continue this vital funding but have not outlined a plan to support our local clubs.

“This is a government with no plan for the Currumbin community, and no plan for Queensland.”

“Currumbin sporting and recreation clubs shared in over $624,000 to upgrade facilities, with 586 children receiving vouchers to encourage participation from this initiative.

“Funding for local sport clubs is vital for clubs to address key infrastructure costs and essential needs such as lighting and field upgrades

“Registration subsidies for struggling families made the difference between their children playing sport or being left sitting on the sidelines.

Tugun Bowls Club received a $100,000 grant to upgrade their ditches in 2012 and Chairman Colin Billinghurst said at the time that the funding boost would be good for the whole community not just the players.

“Safety of the greens is so important and with the funding we will be able to ensure it remains a safe place to play lawn bowls. This is a great initiative that will hopefully bring more people to our club,” Mr Billinghurst said.

“Many of our local clubs operate on a shoestring budget, and without continuation of this initiative countless Queensland families will lose out,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Hundreds of clubs have benefited from the ‘Get in the Game’ program implemented by the LNP and it is worrying many of these recognised projects still remain unfunded.”

“We are calling on Labor to commit to funding for projects previously determined to be necessary for building social capacity in local communities.

[ENDS] 1 July 2015