ANDERSON CHEERS FOR $100 MILLION SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE BOOM
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the announcement of a huge boost for sports facilities in the region after the NSW Government announced it would invest $100 million in new and existing sports infrastructure across regional NSW.
Mr Anderson said the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund, which is part of the Deputy Premier’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, will go towards improving the quality and quantity of sports venues in regional areas.
“Our region boasts a range of significant sports infrastructure with more projects on the way, which is why this program has potential to further develop the local area as a regional sporting powerhouse.
“This fund will go toward sports projects that will benefit the whole community by encouraging participation and developing facilities that will allow the region to host major sporting events.
“We are looking for projects that will not only improve the playing experience, but the fan experience.
“This could be an indoor sports centre, a football field or a multi-purpose complex with change rooms and a cafeteria.
“This fund provides a more streamlined and responsive approach to investment in NSW, and I will work with the local government and sporting groups to identify projects that will benefit the region and help develop business cases to secure funding,” Mr Anderson said.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund will build upon the investments already being made in the local area such as the Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence.
“Sport is integral to building our sense of community,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The NSW Government wants to ensure regional communities are vibrant, strong and cohesive places to live, and sport is central to achieving that.
“Sport is also a significant economic driver, attracting investment and creating new jobs.
“Both amateur and professional sport events boost visitation and encourage spending in the local community which ultimately creates employment and a more vibrant economy.”
Further information and program guidelines are available at https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/regional-sports-infrastructure