HELPING GIPPSLAND’S SPORTS CLUBS SURVIVE AND THRIVE

Community sport in Gippsland play an integral part of our community and this support will help them pay the bills and make a return to play that little bit easier.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett has announced 53 grants of $1,000 have so far been approved in the electorate from the Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package.

The successful clubs in round 2 in East Gippsland are:
• Boisdale Briagolong Football Netball Club
• Bruthen Bowling Club
• Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club
• Lindenow Junior Football Club
• Maffra Cricket Club
• Maffra Golf Club
• Nowa Nowa Pony Club
• Omeo Golf Club
• Orborst Bowls Club
• Orbost Croquet Club
• Orbost Pony Club
• Saint Mary’s Nagle Cricket Club
• Stratford Pony Club
• West Bairnsdale Cricket Club
• Wy Yung Cricket Club
• Heyfield Tennis Club
• Heyfield Football Netball Club

The successful clubs in round 2 in South Gippsland are:
• Corner Inlet Boxing Club
• Foster Golf Club
• Gippsland Lakes Rollers Derby
• Longford Pony Club
• Longford Tennis Club
• Meeniyan Golf Club
• Mirboo North Cricket Club
• Mirboo North Pony Club
• Port Welshpool and District Bowling Club
• Sale and District Showjumping Club
• Sale Baseball Club
• Sale Croquet Club
• Sale Football Netball Club
• Sale Tennis Club
• Toora Football Netball Club
• Wellington Hockey Club
• Rosedale and District Adult Horse Riding Club

These are the second round of grants from the Labor Government’s $40 million community sport package that will make it that little bit easier for clubs to support players and volunteers as Victorians start to train together again and look to a return to competition.

Sport and active recreation clubs and associations have been hit hard by the coronavirus shutdown and these grants are a key part of the Government’s investment in supporting the community in these challenging times.

With more than three million Victorians involved in community sport and recreation, we know that getting back on the field or court is important to Victorians – that’s why we are getting behind 12,000 clubs and associations across the state.

The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package has four categories: grants of up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations; grants of up to $200,000 for smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; grants of up to $15,000 for associations and leagues; and grants of $1,000 for individual clubs.

Applications will be accepted until 15 June 2020, or until the funding allocation is exhausted. For further information and directions on how to apply, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.

The Government is also getting on with shovel-ready community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state, investing $68 million to stimulate jobs and economic activity and deliver fantastic new projects to local communities as part of the new $2.7 billion Building Works package.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“Sports Clubs in Gippsland are an integral part of our community and this support will help them pay the bills and make an eventual return to play that little bit easier.”

“Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this crisis and come back better than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.”

“We know that people in Gippsland want to get out on the park and represent their local club more than ever – we’re working hard to make that happen and give local clubs the help they deserve.