Noosa - now let's Get Playing!

The first round of the Get Playing part of the Newman Government’s $18 million grassroots funding program has been a huge hit with Queensland’s sporting and recreation clubs.

The Acting Minister for National Parks, Sport and Recreation, Tracy Davis, announced that more than eighty Queensland clubs would receive grants of up to $100,000 to improve infrastructure and facilities.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, welcomed the news that the Noosa District Rugby Union Club Inc would receive a major Get Playing grant.

“The Newman Government’s flagship Get in the Game program is part of our commitment to easing the cost of living burden for Queensland families and the initial response has been overwhelming,” Mr Elmes said.

“More than 240 clubs applied for Round One of Get Playing and there were also over 900 applications for Round One of Get Going which provides up to $10,000 to assist clubs with equipment and activities to increase and to sustain memberships.

“The first round of Get Started, a program which provides help with registration fees for kids who are least able to afford to join a sporting club, saw the allocation of 12,000 available vouchers exhausted in just three weeks.”

“Queensland’s grassroots sporting and recreation clubs are the backbone of local communities and with this funding we’re getting more children and young people playing sport and involved in recreational activities,” Mr Elmes said.

“Noosa District Rugby Union Club will receive $100,000 to build change rooms, a medical room, amenities and a gymnasium.

“Its membership of both male and female players is increasing. With Sevens Rugby now an Olympic sport and the 2018 Commonwealth Games being hosted at the Gold Coast that growth will only accelerate. Touring and international sides preparing for Commonwealth Games Sevens Rugby will be attracted to Noosa by these new facilities.

“The Newman Government is ensuring local clubs will be improved with an array of upgrades, installations and new construction projects all made possible through Get Playing.

“The Dolphins has a proud history of being involved in the wider Noosa community with its promotion of healthy physical activity particularly through junior players who come to the sport via its programs through local schools,” Mr Elmes concluded.

A full list of the eighty-three clubs which received grants through the first funding round is available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/getinthegame or by calling 1300 656 191.

A second Get in the Game funding round will open in July 2013.