Two community sporting grant programs have given 24 local sport clubs and facilities across Western Australia more than $1 million in funding for upgrades.
The Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) and the Club Night Lights Program (CNLP) are designed to increase physical activity and participation through good quality, well-designed, and well-utilised facilities.
In the latest small grants round, 13 clubs and local governments have received $566,668 for small projects through the CSRFF. The fund is part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to sustainable infrastructure.
Projects receiving funding in this round include court resurfacing, upgrade of a bowling green, conversion of scheme water to bore water, and upgrading sports storage.
The WA Recreational Water Sports Association in the Town of Victoria Park receives $83,882 to build new male and female changerooms. In this round, the rest of the grants went to regional areas including:
- Great Southern Regional Cricket Board for converting an existing pavilion in a multi-use indoor sporting facility ($99,967);
- Shire of Yalgoo to update their rage cage, a multi-purpose sport and play space ($16,327);
- South Mandurah Tennis Club to resurface four courts ($5,915); and
- Shire of Kondinin for resurfacing, construction of two tennis courts and drainage ($44,169).
The CNLP gives financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure. Around the State 11 clubs are collectively receiving $503,154 to upgrade the floodlighting on their courts, fields, ovals, and pitches. These include:
- Narrogin Hawks Football Club ($60,000);
- Bullcreek Tennis Club ($47,882);
- Wanneroo BMX Raceway Club ($87,361); and
- Kendenup Tennis Club ($22,618).
As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:
“The small grant rounds of CSRFF and CNLP continue to be hugely popular as a way for community sporting groups and local governments to do minor – but often much-needed – upgrades to local sporting facilities.
“Sporting facilities in good condition and with suitable amenities encourage more people to be involved in and play sport, which leads to healthier and more connected communities.
“Supporting WA clubs to install quality lighting means the community can play longer into the night and field more teams. This gets more people active, brings more members to clubs, and offers more options to play sport.”