LOCAL sporting groups are being encouraged to apply for funding under the Federal Government’s $29.7 million Community Sport Infrastructure grant program.

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said sport played a vital role in local communities across the Riverina and Central West.

“Whether it is in a team environment such as Australian football or netball, or as an individual pursuit such as tennis or golf, sport plays an important part in connecting communities,” Mr McCormack said.

“Besides the obvious health aspects of participating in a sport, clubs provide a social setting to further build stronger relationships among a town’s residents.

“I urge and encourage sport and community groups to come together to consider projects, such as improving lighting, playing surfaces or upgrading amenities, which would have a significant impact on facilities available to the local community.”

The program will be managed by Sport Australia, the Federal Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity.

Grants can range from the smallest of projects up to $500,000.

For more information or to apply, visit www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/community_sport_infrastructure_grant_program or contact Mr McCormack’s Wagga Wagga office on 6921 4600.

Applications close on Friday 14 September 2018.

Shane Manning