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New lease of life for club equipment

For more information, contact Mia Davies Davies (M L A).

  • Clubs invited to apply for $500 towards revitalising or purchasing new equipment
  • $2m over four years for Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme
  • Applications open until May 13, 2016 

Sport and active recreation clubs have the chance to revitalise existing gear or purchase new sporting equipment with the opening of the latest round of the Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme.

The subsidy, which started in December 2013, encourages regional and metropolitan sporting clubs across Western Australia to apply for a $500 grant to spend on equipment accessible to all club members.  Previously a one-off payment, applicants are now able to re-apply.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said to date, 890 regional clubs had received $445,000, and 719 metropolitan clubs had received $359,000, for new equipment.  

"Well-utilised sporting equipment is a sign that sports clubs are fielding more teams and encouraging more people to participate in local activities," Ms Davies said.

"With increased participation, it's important to ensure equipment is kept up-to-date, in good condition and safe for play."

The $500 subsidies can be spent on equipment such as balls, bats, racquets, bibs, protective gear, team uniforms, First Aid kits, shade tents and safety gear.

Subsidies for regional clubs are provided through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the subsidy would help clubs provide the equipment they required to keep pace with the growing population in regional WA.

"Sporting equipment is expensive and this investment provides support for regional residents to remain active," Mr Redman said.

"Royalties for Regions recognises that sporting clubs are close to the heart of thriving regional communities."

Administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the four-year scheme will deliver $1 million to metropolitan clubs and $1 million to regional clubs.

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