Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
THROUGH the Active Restart Infrastructure Recovery Fund, Queensland sporting clubs will receive a much-needed boost activities with grants of up to $20,000 each to spend on minor upgrades, equipment and repairs.
The Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, said that $315,867 would be provided to 34 local clubs throughout the Cook electorate.
“Labor is delivering its plan for economic recovery across Queensland and as part of that we’re supporting community clubs to fire the starting gun on reopening,” she said.
“We know that COVID has impacted fundraising capacity, so we’re stepping in to support clubs in their time of need.
Ms Lui said the Mareeba Rugby League Club had been awarded $15,325 to replace carpet and repaint the canteen the Gladiators could get back in the game.
“It’s My Time-Fitness for Women Inc. in Mossman has scored $11,595 to refurbish existing amenities, install lighting and purchase equipment,” she said.
“This equipment includes a commercial vacuum cleaner and fitness equipment.”
Ms Lui said Kulpiyam Youth and Sport Torres Strait Islander Corporation will receive $19,590 to buy a single cab four-wheel-drive manual utility and trailer to support active play at Badu Island.
Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association in Aurukun will enclose a gym room and install airconditioning to support fitness activities with its $20,000 grant.
“Here in Cook we know that COVID-19 has meant some clubs are doing it tough,” Ms Lui said.
“We’ve got some of the finest grassroots sporting activities in Cook and with our support they can continue to flourish.”
Ms Lui said this funding support would be flowing to the 34 clubs right away.
“This isn’t an election commitment, it’s part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $51.3 million return to play stimulus package to be invested to support COVID-19 recovery efforts in the sport, recreation and fitness industries.
Approved projects include the purchase of equipment to deliver activities or events, assist in facility maintenance, or to assist with reducing operational costs.
“We have already delivered $7.6 million worth of $2000 grants to 3811 clubs across Queensland as part of the COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart program to invest in hygiene or catering supplies, equipment, maintenance, training courses or to pay utilities bills.
“34 clubs in our community received this funding and the extra support,” Ms Lui said.
“Whether it’s marquees for a fundraising event, white goods for the canteen or a fresh coat of paint for the clubhouse, organisations are being provided funding to improve their facilities and purchase relevant equipment to encourage Queenslanders to return to play.”
She said the return to play is possible because Queenslanders have done such an outstanding job of listening to the health advice and keeping each other safe during COVID-19.
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