Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (22:51): My adjournment matter is directed to the Honourable Ros Spence, MP, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Community Sport and Minister for Youth. This adjournment matter relates to the portfolio responsibilities of community sport.
Applications for the latest round of the sporting club grants program are open. Clubs can apply for grants of up to $1000 for new uniforms and equipment; up to $5000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers; and up to $5000 to improve club operational effectiveness. Additionally, a new COVID recovery category has been created which provides grants of up to $5000 to help clubs, leagues and associations to procure items that will help them return to play safely. The sporting club grants are an integral part of the Victorian government’s sport and active recreation policy priorities. It provides a single entry point for community sports and active recreation clubs to receive funding that will assist in addressing a range of barriers to community participation in Victoria.
An additional $6 million has been added to the ongoing program that attained great popularity last year supporting 1200 clubs with $1.8 million across the state during the COVID crisis. The grants are for people of all ages and abilities. It is a grassroots sports initiative. This grants program will add a substantial forefront for people yearning to meet, interact and do sports as a hobby, which will further boost community inclusions. This is a massive opportunity for community sports and active recreation clubs to avail themselves of a grant that will help in transcending an area of barriers and will ensure community participation at a wider level across the state. Western Metropolitan Region has many sporting clubs that will get benefits from this program.
The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with an update on how the government is promoting this important initiative to clubs, leagues and associations in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region.