News

Minister announces $1.2m of funding for flooded sport clubs

Minister Steve Dickson shows off some of his own football skills.
Minister Steve Dickson shows off some of his own football skills. Tanya Easterby

"BRILLIANT!" was the immediate reaction at news of $1.2 million in additional state government money to get all Queensland's flood affected sporting clubs back on their feet.

Sports and recreation minister Steve Dickson announced the grants in Gympie this morning, saying they were necessary to get "kids back in the paddock playing sport, getting some normality back into their lives."

"You've only got to visit Bundaberg to see how deeply people have been hurt," he said.

"The need for this extra funding (to restore the normal lives of flood victims, especially young people) just became so obvious to the Queensland Government," Mr Dickson said yesterday.

"When kids play sport it makes them friends they will have for the rest of their lives."

Announcing the grants at Gympie's One Mile sports fields this morning, Mr Dickson said the money would complement the Get in the Game scheme, which subsidises clubs and players and encourages sporting involvement by people who cannot always afford the "horrendous" cost of sports equipment and clothing.

"We've found that 25% of the grants have been taken up by kids who have never played sport of any kind because in many cases their parents cannot afford membership of sports clubs or purchase of equipment.

"These are people who will make friends on the sports fields. They will be bridesmaids and best men at each other's weddings and they will run into each other for years.

"Our government is 100% behind getting kids back in the paddock."

He said the money would add to $1 million already allocated to sporting clubs across the state to encourage new participation by young people - making a total of $2.2 million.

"We need to get kids back playing sport and getting some normal routine back into their lives.

"We had to dig deep in the department and this is everything we can do at the moment.

"This is about keeping kids involved in sport, especially after the floods.

"This is really needed right now," he said.

Mr Dickson said electricity was a big part of the costs experienced by clubs in recovering from floods.

"We learned about the three pillars of our lives - food, water and shelter.

"Now we can add electricity to the list. It's the fourth one."

"Power fittings go under water and cost thousands of dollars to clean and repair and reconnect," he said.

Gympie Times

Topics:  flooding gympie sports steve dickson



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Widgee Creek 'dry' is worst some locals have seen yet

WORST DROUGHT HE HAS SEEN: George Cotter has not seen the Widgee Cree at a lower level. Photo Contributed

Widgee Creek the lowest it has ever been

Widow: lower limit a 'bad compromise' at deadly turn-off

FIX IT: Helen Window wants changes at the Rainbow Beach turn-off where her husband Ian was killed last year, and (right) The Gympie Times coverage of the accident.

Widow Helen Window says redesign needed.

'We want our country back': Ron Owen letter

SAVING DEMOCRACY? Letter writer Ron Owen says "if we allow this to continue we don't have democracy and we don't have our own country”.

And we want foreign aid stopped, says letter writer

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Gympie children needed for auditions

FUN TIMES: Cast members from the GTA pantomine from 2005, Little Red Riding Hood.

Come on kids! Get on board for this fun G150 event.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

15 houses for sale in Gympie under $200,000

9 Norman St Gympie: $179,000

First home-buyer or investor? Take a look at these bargains.

Red Hill Rd cafe property under the hammer Saturday

HOT PROPERTY: 14 Red Hill Rd, Gympie is going under the hammer.

Are you in the market for a place to run a coffee shop?

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!