MINISTER IN TOWN: Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt and Minister for Child Safety and Sport Phil Reeves hosted the 'Ahead of the Game' sports forum last Wednesday at the Whitsunday Sports Park. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times
MINISTER IN TOWN: Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt and Minister for Child Safety and Sport Phil Reeves hosted the 'Ahead of the Game' sports forum last Wednesday at the Whitsunday Sports Park. Photo Aimee Vinci / Whitsunday Times

Funding for sport groups

MINISTER for Child Safety and Sport Phil Reeves visited the Whitsundays last Wednesday to host a community forum about the future of sport in the Whitsundays.

Mr Reeves was joined by Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt who met with local sport coaches and co-ordinators at the Whitsunday PCYC to discuss sporting options for the future.

The forum was one of many held across the state with information and ideas from it used to develop a sport and recreation vision for Queensland's future.

Mr Reeves said he had received a lot of positive feedback already from the forums.

Whitsunday Netball Association coaching convenor Trisha McHugh was one of seven attendees on the night.

"I want to see what the government has got planned from netball's point of view," she said.

"We often hear about what our local government has planned, so it's good to hear what the state government has in mind.

"It's very important to keep all regions up to date."

Mr Reeves also announced funding grants for three Whitsunday sporting organisations.

The organisations include Proserpine Golf Club receiving $123,691 to repair and install new drainage, cart crossings, cart paths and a bridge. St Helens Bowls Club will receive $163,388 to upgrade their lawn bowls green at Calen.

Whitsunday Regional Council will also receive $89,009 to extend the skate park and install a shade structure at Les Stagg Oval in Proserpine

"As a government, we want to make sure our local sport and recreation clubs have the best facilities so they can continue to provide that vital community service," Ms Jarratt said.

"Infrastructure funding is a win-win situation as it will create jobs and provide locals with the infrastructure they need to get up, get out and get active."


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