The Liberal Nationals will invest $390,000 into better services so that Cherbourg families can enjoy new sports and recreation programs such as netball, touch football, cricket and other sports as part of the Morrison Government's commitment to creating healthier, happier and safer communities across Australia.
Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announced that Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council will be funded to deliver the comprehensive sports and recreation program to the Cherbourg community.
Mr O'Brien said this investment would improve the lives of Cherbourg families and as part of the Liberal and Nationals Government's $5.2 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).
"This program will provide a fun way to stay active, healthy and engaged, with sports like volleyball, touch footy, boxing; fitness programs like Jump Rope For Heart, and after school and vacation activities," Mr O'Brien said.
"Through the IAS, we are investing in local projects like this one, across our priority areas of school attendance and education, employment and business development and community safety.
"I am pleased to support this programme which demonstrates the Coalition Government's commitment to working with First Australians in communities like Cherbourg."
Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said everything the Coalition had delivered since coming to office was delivered in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and designed to help close the gap in disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
"We have ensured that the priorities and needs of Indigenous communities have been at the centre of the Coalition Government's Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).
"Importantly, 60 per cent of the organisations we are funding are Indigenous organisations, compared to only 30 per cent at the start of the IAS. We are committed to this because we know Indigenous organisations are best placed to deliver these services and are more likely to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians than their non-Indigenous counterparts.
"The Morrison Government is able to invest in essential community programs like this because of our strong budget management and economic stewardship, and Labor would risk weakening our economy and put vital programs at risk if they are elected," Minister Scullion said today.
Funding for this project has been allocated out of existing resources in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.