Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is delighted to announce the Crystal Brook Junior Basketball Club will receive $22,182 from the Federal Government to replace their old basketball towers.
“The basketball club has a great group of youngsters who love their basketball and this club, like many others, runs on the backs of volunteers and parents,” he said.
“Replacing expensive equipment such as the basketball towers (where the hoop is hung) is quite a challenge and this funding will provide great support for the club.
“The existing sub-standard basketball towers, which date back to the 70s, are quite dangerous and having good safe equipment is essential in promoting the sport in the area. With over 100 players it is really important to keep this sport active for the community.”
The investment is part of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program providing $28 million in 223 projects across Australia to help drive increased participation in sports and physical activity.
“It is a key priority of our Government to promote the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport and our investment to upgrade facilities and infrastructure will provide a real encouragement for those local residents not currently active,” Mr Ramsey said.
“The number of applications received nationally – over 2,000 – was far more than we anticipated and I along with a number of other regional Liberals lobbied for a bigger allocation for the scheme. We are delighted our calls have been heeded and the government will allocate an additional $30 million for projects in early 2019 from the existing pool of applications.”