Sporting organisations in Noosa, Kandanga and Widgee will be able to help the community stay active, with the Liberal National government investing $213,790 to improve sporting facilities in Wide Bay.
Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announced the funding through the Move It Aus Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program, which will provide $159,990 to upgrade the tennis court surface, lights and fencing at Kandanga Tennis Club; $30,000 to upgrade the power supply and install new lighting to the Widgee Recreation Grounds; and $23,800 to replace fencing and carry out repairs at Noosa District Softball Association Inc.
"An active outdoor lifestyle is one of the best features of Wide Bay, and this funding will ensure that more people are able to enjoy the health and social benefits associated with sports participation," Mr O'Brien said.
"Improved lighting and fencing means that Kandanga Tennis Club, Widgee Recreation Grounds and Noosa District Softball Association can offer more events in the cooler afternoon time slots, and provide greater security for club facilities."
The number of applications received nationally - 2,053 – 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.
"This investment in sporting infrastructure and facilities will provide a real encouragement for people to get active, as it is a key priority of our government to encourage promote the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport," Mr O'Brien said.
"Because of the Liberal National government's responsible economic management and delivery of a budget surplus, we are in the position to increase the investment in sporting facilities across Australia."
Kandanga Tennis Club $159,990
Widgee Recreation Grounds $30,000
Noosa District Softball Association $23,800