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Published on Feb 09, 2022

Sport and recreational clubs are often the heart and soul of local communities. This is particularly the case in regional communities including the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Staying fit and active has wide-ranging benefits such as better health and well-being and important social interaction. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way many of us live our lives, but one thing it has done is highlight the importance of our sport and recreational clubs.

I am passionate about seeing our local community clubs be as strong as possible and be able to cater for as many people as possible. Over the past four years, the Marshall Government have invested close to $12minto sport, recreational and community clubs in our electorate. No doubt you have seen my colleagues join me, Premier Steven Marshall MP, Minister Vincent Tarzia MP and Minister Corey Wingard MP in celebrating some of the major local projects such as the Goolwa Sports Precinct and Encounter Bay Sports Complex.

The Goolwa Sports precinct will boast a fabulous grandstand viewing area as well as new changerooms and catering facilities. In the most recent round of grant allocations, Encounter Bay will be able to progress to stage 2 of their much-needed upgrades and expansion. These are exciting projects that will be enjoyed by many participants, supporters and families, assisting our community to stay fit, healthy and engaged.

Across the electorate the funds have:

  • upgraded change rooms and amenities
  • provided training equipment and venues made spaces accessible
  • built meeting places
  • refitted catering facilities
  • funded computers
  • supported families to use club programs.

Sports vouchers continue to encourage children and support families with the costs of being active. In 2019 the Marshall Government doubled the investment from$55,000 to $120,000 in the Finniss Electorate, benefiting more than 1,200young people. As of January 2022, the program has been expanded to include$100 vouchers for students aged 5 to 15years which is further helping our community. Thank you to the club volunteers who haveput the effort into applying for the grants to improve their club. If you would like more information about grant opportunities, support for community clubs, sports vouchers or past projects, please contact the Finniss Electorate Office for assistance.

- Hon. David Basham MP, Member for Finniss

Ready, Set, Play!