Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Nationals News

More funding for local sports clubs and athletes

Nationals Announcement

Nationals WA candidate for Moore, Shane Love today said The Nationals’ would provide funding to support talented athletes and help sporting clubs in regional WA access equipment.

Mr Love said the Junior Representative Travel Assistance Program and the Community Sports Equipment Grants recognized the importance of sports in regional communities and would encourage participation.

He said if The Nationals WA won the balance of power at the State election each program would receive a $1 million over four years from Royalties for Regions.

“Sporting clubs are an essential part of life in regional WA, they bring together people from all parts of the community and provide significant health and social benefits,” Mr Love said.

“We have been working to ensure all kids can enjoy the benefits of being part of a sporting club through Programs such as Kidsport, which have resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of children participating in sport

“This, combined with a population growth in regional WA, has applied pressure to resources in sporting clubs.”

Mr Love said The Nationals’ Community Sports Equipment Grants program would ease the pressure on sporting clubs with access to a one-off $500 grant for shared equipment.

Mr Love said sporting clubs in regional WA have produced a number of champions. 

“Talented athletes in regional areas, who are required to travel for regional, state or national representation, face a range of expenses.

“For some families these costs are prohibitive, which means some of our most capable young people are excluded from these opportunities.”

The Nationals WA believe these athletes should not be disadvantaged and will make grants of up to $1000 available through the Travel Assistance Program.

“This will help promising regional athletes aged 13-21 who have been selected for regional, state or national representation, by assisting with travel costs,” he said.

Mr Love said this was just another way that Royalties for Regions was supporting regional communities.

“The Nationals WA are the only party that can be trusted to deliver for regional communities – become a defender of Royalties for Regions and support The Nationals on 9 March.

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