Improving playing field in Tasmania

Jane Howlett,Minister for Sport and Recreation

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has today outlined details of its record two year construction blitz, to build our way out from coronavirus.

We recognise the importance of the State’s sport and recreation sector and we are committed to supporting it through the challenges faced as a result of COVID-19.

I am delighted to announce that our Government will establish a $10 million fund to provide grants to sporting clubs and associations to improve facilities across Tasmania, helping to maintain and build participation rates across all sporting codes.

Improving the Playing Field grants will be made available to sporting organisations in order to upgrade amenities at sporting facilities around Tasmania, allowing them to cater for all participants.

Grants of between $25,000 and $250,000 will be considered for approval and made available to local councils, sporting associations and clubs for the building of new facilities and upgrades of existing amenities including change rooms, toilets and shower facilities, accessibility, lighting, security, fencing, scoreboards, drainage and other civil construction works.

The Improving the Playing Field fund will build on the Government’s existing significant sporting grants programs including our recently announced $2 million COVID-19 Sports and Recreation Grants Program designed to maintain and support employment and continuity across sporting codes to ensure competition can recommence as soon as restrictions enable.

Importantly, this investment will support Tasmania’s building and construction sector and help support and create local jobs.

The fund will be open for applications in the coming weeks.

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