Sport and Recreation Grants and awards | March 04, 2019

Local sporting groups funding boost welcomed

The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has joined The Nationals Candidate for Mallee Dr Anne Webster to congratulate the Warracknabeal Leisure Centre on receiving funding through the Federal Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program.

The $249,290 grant will be used to replace the existing floor in the centre.

Ms Kealy and Dr Webster toured the Leisure Centre during a visit to Warracknabeal last week.

“Grassroots sporting clubs right across western Victoria are critical to the social fabric of our rural communities and are crying out for state government support to help with the upgrade of local facilities,” Ms Kealy said.

“Warracknabeal's Wheat City Derby Angels are a fabulous example of the benefits that local sporting clubs can bring to a rural community.”

The Angels hosted the Statewide Stampede Roller Derby Tournament at the Leisure Centre in September, attracting around 200 visitors to Warracknabeal.

Local community members reported that motel accommodation was booked out for the weekend and local shops welcomed many visitors through their doors, with the Creekside Hotel hosting approximately 80 visitors for dinner.

Dr Webster echoed Ms Kealy’s comments on the importance of local sporting clubs in rural communities.

“Sport builds a sense of community, particularly in regional areas where it is one of the best ways for our locals to get together, socialise and catch up on the news of the week.

“As well as the physical benefits of preventing illness, getting active helps maintain mental wellbeing, keeping us alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.

“The Liberal Nationals recognise the significant role sport plays right across Australia and the Community Sport Infrastructure Program is just one of the many ways we continue to deliver for our rural communities.”

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