Media Release: The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP, Minister for Sport and Recreation Minister for Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton, has encouraged local sporting organisations and councils to apply for NSW Government funding to help build sporting facilities and boost sports participation in their communities with applications opening on 3rd March. Minister Upton said The Sport and Recreation Participation and Facility Program assists grassroots organisations improve local sporting facilities as well as encouraging people to get involved in recreational activities. The program assists with funding the construction of new facilities or the enhancement of existing facilities and assists with funding programs that deliver a service that will assist people to become more active. As Minister for Sport and Recreation, I am passionate about encouraging more people of all ages, from all walks of life, to get active through sport, Ms Upton said. Whether it is in Dubbo or Drummoyne, I have seen first hand how modern facilities make sport more accessible which in turns encourages more people to get off the couch and get active. By improving the grassroots infrastructure, the NSW Government is also helping to strengthen our local communities through sport. Minister Upton added this round would be the first with new guidelines following a change to the Sport and Recreation Participation and Facility Program criteria. I want to make sure the funding delivers the best bang for the taxpayers buck, Ms Upton said. As a result local councils will be required where possible to partner with a community organisation to ensure any new facilities or programs meet communities needs. Applications close on 2 April 2014. For more information and to apply, visit www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants or phone 13 13 02.
Author: The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP