Australian Community Gets Funding Boost For Local Club Sports
Community sporting groups "will receive an operational funding boost" of more than A$330,000 ($295,000) when the ACT government's Sports & Recreation Grants Program is announced on Wednesday, according to Chris Wilson of the CANBERRA TIMES. Touch Football ACT, a major benefactor of the funding increase, "intends to start an inaugural women's tournament to run in conjunction with a men's rugby league competition, the George Tooke Shield." Of the 56 community sporting organizations to receive A$1.67M in operational funding as part of the program, ACT Ice Skating is the only organization to lose funding (down from A$5,000 to A$3,500) because it received a bonus grant last year. The big winners are Pedal Power ACT (up from A$22,000 to A$90,000), Touch Football ACT and Netball ACT (both up from A$38,000 to A$70,000). The program totals A$2.7M (CANBERRA TIMES, 2/5).