Noosa to keep scoring with Get in the Game

Noosa families, sport and recreation clubs will continue to benefit from Get in the Game with the second round of funding for the Newman Government’s grassroots initiative to open next month.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said local families and clubs could apply for Get Started funding from 15 July to be followed by applications for Get Going and Get Playing funding from 15 August.

“The Newman Government is helping thousands of Queenslanders by reducing the cost to them of club registrations and by funding better equipment and infrastructure through our flagship Get in the Game program,” Mr Elmes said.

“The initial response to this suite of initiatives from Queensland families and clubs was overwhelming which is why we recently announced that the Government would triple the Get in the Game funding to $47 million over three years.

“We’ve already helped more than 7,000 Queensland children with our $150 Get Started vouchers to enjoy the great outdoors which Queensland offers and to be involved in healthy sports at the same time while more than 550 clubs across the State are better off with new equipment and improved facilities.

“In Noosa, Get in the Game has benefited the Noosa District Rugby Union Club (the Dolphins) through Get Playing while the Noosa Lions Football Club, the Noosa Malibu Club, Sunshine Coast and District Referees and the Eumundi Dragons Junior Rugby Union Club have received funding through Get Going. Almost $130,000 in total has been received by these clubs and I urge and encourage other clubs in Noosa to put their case forward for funding from Round Two.”

Mr Elmes said one of the greatest things about Get Started was that more than twenty per cent of vouchers were issued to children who had never been members of a sporting club before.

“Get Started gives children whose families might not otherwise be able to afford it an opportunity to join a sport or recreation club,” Mr Elmes said.

“Get Playing provides grants of up to $100,000 in funding to sport and recreation organisations for facility development. That is a serious sum. It takes a lot of chook raffles to raise that sort of money.

“Get Going will provide grants of up to $10,000 for items and activities to help clubs attract and retain club members.

“When this program was first announced it was estimated that over the life of the scheme it would provide around 40,000 grants of up to $150 for kids to join clubs, 200 grants of $10,000 for clubs to purchase equipment and 80 grants of $100,000 for clubs to renew facilities.

“The original number of grants for the three year period will now be available each and every year. We have tripled the opportunity for funding and it's great to know we're not only fulfilling our election promise to relieve living costs for Queenslanders doing it tough but also building on it with the recent funding boost,” Mr Elmes said.

Further details on Get in the Game are available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/funding/getinthegame or by calling 1300 656 191.