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Wheatbelt winners with sport funding boost

Four Durack Wheatbelt sport groups have been successful in the Federal Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program.

Bolgart Sport Club; Shire of Bruce Rock; Westonia Golf Club; and Yerecoin Tennis Club will share in more than $166,000 to upgrade their facilities.

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said she is delighted these four Durack groups were successful as over 2,000 applications were received nationally.

“This demand has demonstrated that sporting and community organisations are crying out for help to upgrade their facilities and because of the Federal Government’s responsible economic management and delivering a budget surplus, we are in the position to increase the investment,” Minister Price said.

  • The Bolgart Sport Club has received $25,000 for re-roofing the clubhouse, including the removal and disposal of the old corrugated iron roof sheets, and removal and re-installation of solar panels.
  • The Shire of Bruce Rock received $76,733 for the installation of an eight pole, 500 lux lighting system at the newly-established synthetic turf hockey facility.
  • Westonia Golf Club received $49,500 for clubrooms upgrade for the 45-year-old club, enabling the club to become a multi-use facility needed by the community.
  • Yerecoin Tennis Club was granted $15,000 for court replacement of four synthetic turf courts. The Yerecoin Tennis Club is the only remaining active tennis club in the Shire of Victoria Plains.

Bolgart Sport Club committee member Lester Snooke said the club was ecstatic to receive the funding to replace its roof.

“The roof is the original one from the mid-1950s and when we installed the solar panels we found out the roof was in need of repair,” he said.

“As it’s a small club in a small town to fund raise would have been a massive undertaking.

“I’d like to thank Melissa Price and the Federal Government for this funding,” said Mr Snooke.

The good news was welcomed as joyfully at the Shire of Bruce Rock where CEO Darren Mollenoyux said getting the funding to install lights at the hockey facility was a great Christmas present.

“Council was really keen to get the funding to finish the project off,” he said.

“It has only been possible to train during the day and sometimes at dusk with lights run by generators, which is not ideal.

“It will be attractive for everyone to use and we will be able to hold night matches and bigger events.

“Council acknowledges the help of the hockey club with finance and support,” said Mr Mollenoyux.

Shire of Westonia CEO and club member Jamie Criddle was also ecstatic to receive funding.

“The club is 45-years-old and has not had a lot spent on it in that time, apart from some minor work,” he said.

“This will be a big improvement and give it a facelift. It will attract new members and retain the current ones.”

Yerecoin Tennis Club’s Natalie Nixon said club members were worrying how they were going to find the money to replace the synthetic turf on their courts so this was very welcome.

“We had about a $20,000 shortfall and have until the end of the financial year to finish the project so this funding was very timely,” she said.

“This will get this project over the line. We are really grateful for the support from Melissa Price.”
Minister Price said the Federal Government has prioritised investment in local grassroots sports because it recognises the wider health, social and community benefits that come from greater activity and participating in sport.

“It is a key priority of our government to promote the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport and our investment to upgrade facilities and infrastructure will provide a real encouragement for those local residents not currently active,” she said.

“The number of applications received was far more than anticipated and to meet the obvious interest, the government will allocate an additional $30 million for projects in early 2019 from the existing pool of applications.”

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