As sport gets more expensive to play the LNP has formulated a plan to help out the battlers in the sport.
As sport gets more expensive to play the LNP has formulated a plan to help out the battlers in the sport. Craig Warhurst

Plans for grassroots sport policy

MEMBER for Gympie and the LNP's Shadow Minister for Sport, David Gibson, has said the LNP's Get in the Game policy would support grassroots sports development in Queensland and help families with cost-of-living pressures.

Mr Gibson said the three-year, $16 million initiative would encourage more Queensland children to play sport in local clubs and assist community clubs with grants for equipment and field improvements.

"The tired, 20-year-Labor Government has focused on funding fewer, bigger projects," said Mr Gibson.

"Labor wasted vast amounts of money earmarked for sport in Queensland on the failed A1 GP racing debacle - funds which would have been better spent directly by neighbourhood and regional sporting clubs.

"The LNP's Get in the Game policy is targeted to increase participation in community sport and recreation throughout the state."

"Gympie has a strong community involvement in junior sports and this policy will directly benefit families who want to have their kids play sport in our region."

Football Gympie president Coralie Wheeler agreed. "Families are doing it tough and as a club, it's hard to keep fees down with increasing electricity bills. Something like this policy to help families with fees would be welcome," she said.

Mr Gibson said the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 would give the state a powerful new sporting focus, provide an excellent platform to encourage and support Queenslander sport, and inspire our children to achieve their sporting dreams.

"Get in the Game is a responsible investment in the health and well-being of Queenslanders, and especially young people, now and in the future. It will complement existing sports funding programs.

"We know the social and health benefits of children being involved in sport, and a significant part of our plan is to provide better opportunities, especially for those that can't afford it, to Get in the Game."

He said Get in the Game had three sub-programs:

  • GetStarted: to provide 40,000 club registration fee contributions for those children whose families may not be able to afford to join a sporting club ($6 million).
  • GetGoing: to provide funding for small equipment and programs to sporting and recreation clubs to develop and expand sporting services ($2 million).
  • GetPlaying: for funding sporting and recreational clubs to improve infrastructure and facilities ($8 million).

"GetStarted will be an innovative new voucher system to assist kids who can't afford to join a sporting club to do so through the payment of club fees up to $150 per child. It will be limited to one voucher per year per child and will provide 40,000 sporting club memberships subsidies over the first three years," Mr Gibson said.

"GetGoing will provide clubs with one-off grants of up to $10,000 to be used towards equipment, club promotion materials, training, running of come-and-try-sessions and other items or activities designed to increase sporting and recreation club membership.

"GetPlaying will provide one-off funding up to $100,000 for facility development and upgrades to improve club facilities which will also assist in handling increased club membership. Eligible clubs will be required to contribute a minimum of 20% of the total project cost which may include cash, in-kind support and/or volunteer labour."

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