Sorensen calls for sporting grants

TED Sorensen wants to see Hervey Bay get in the game.

The LNP member said local clubs could now apply for a slice of $18 million in grants for sports and recreation.

"This increase in funding to $18 million over three years delivers on the Government's commitment to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level across Queensland," Mr Sorensen said.

Mr Sorensen said the Get in the Game Program will provide help to Hervey Bay families by reducing the costs of club registrations and funding better equipment and infrastructure.

The program includes three components under which clubs can apply for grants; Get Started, Get Playing and Get Going.

Get Started will provide more than 40,000 vouchers of up to $150 to help with the cost of registration fees for children who are least able to afford it, or would otherwise benefit from joining a sporting club.

Get Going will see $10,000 grants paid directly to local sporting clubs to help them grow, through the purchasing of new sporting equipment or promoting new membership initiatives.

Get Playing will provide $100,000 grants for clubs to upgrade or replace existing facilities and infrastructure.

Get Going and Get Playing applications will be open until December 1.

Applications for Get Started vouchers will officially open in January 2013; however clubs can register their interest in participation immediately.

"A local community information session will provide more detailed information on program guidelines, available funding and important dates, how to apply and answering any questions - will be held at the Hervey Bay RSL Club on October 8 at 5.30pm," Mr Sorensen said.

Further details are also available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/getinthegame or phone 1300 656 191.



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