Labor Sidelines Key Grassroots Sports Funding

by Ted Sorensen

Labor Sidelines Key Grassroots Sports Funding

The Opposition has urged the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government to step up to the plate and outline their state-wide plan for sport and recreation funding.

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the previous LNP Government had committed $68 million for the hugely popular Get in the Game program, but Labor was refusing to follow through with the funding.

“Local clubs in Hervey Bay are now in limbo because of the Labor Government’s failure to ensure this funding is guaranteed for another three years,” Ted said.

“After more than four months since taking office, the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government has not only refused to continue this vital funding but has not outlined a plan of its own to support our local clubs.

“This is a government with no plan for the Hervey Bay community, and no plan for Queensland.”

Shadow Minister for Sport Jann Stuckey has challenged the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government to continue funding key projects successfully delivered through the LNP Government’s popular ‘Get in the Game’ initiative.

“Funding for local sport clubs is vital for clubs to address key infrastructure costs and essential needs such as lighting and field upgrades.

“Registration subsidies for struggling families made the difference between their children playing sport or being left sitting on the sidelines,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Many of our local clubs operate on a shoestring budget, and without continuation of this initiative countless Queensland families will lose out.

“Hundreds of clubs have benefited from the ‘Get in the Game’ program implemented by the LNP and it is worrying many of these recognised projects still remain unfunded.

 “We are calling on Labor to commit to funding for projects previously determined to be necessary for building social capacity in local communities.

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