Applications are now open for the 2022 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund. Up to $30 million has been allocated in the recent state budget to assist communities by investing in new and improved sport facilities. $10 million has been specifically identified for female friendly facilities to encourage greater participation in community sport by women and girls.
Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said, “With more and more women and girls signing up to play sports locally, we are getting on with upgrading infrastructure so clubs can keep up with soaring demand, while also making them accessible and more inclusive.”
The fund supports projects across five funding streams including Indoor Stadiums/Aquatic Facilities, Female Friendly Facilities, Community Sports Lighting, Community Facilities, and Planning.
“Sport and active recreation is the heart and soul of Macedon. Unfortunately, many clubs and communities are struggling with run down infrastructure,” said Mary-Anne Thomas.
Projects in Macedon to receive grants from the 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund included $245,000 for the Gisborne Bowling Club towards a new synthetic green to allow year round use. Macedon Ranges Community Equestrian Facilities Plan received $30,000 to develop a plan for sustainable management of the MRSC’s seven community equestrian facilities.
In addition to enhancing local sporting facilities, the fund helps generate economic activity and jobs for planners, architects, engineers, project managers, buildings, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, maintenance staff, facility managers and operational personnel. Sourcing local materials also stimulates and supports local businesses.
Interested clubs are advised to contact their local councils to help with the application process. For more information or to apply online visit sport.vic.gov.au
Mary-Anne Thomas, who is also the Minister for Regional Development, said, “I urge councils and sporting organisations to partner and apply for projects that will make a real difference to the lives of Victorians.”