Boosting grass roots sport in Canberra

Canberrans are the most active people in Australia, with more than 90 per cent of residents regularly participating in some form of sport or physical activity.

ACT Labor is committed to delivering high quality sports facilities to meet the demands of our activity community.

That is why the ACT Labor Government has been delivering better sport and recreation areas – to provide for those already participating and encourage other Canberrans to take up the opportunity to have a more active lifestyle.

We have worked with the sporting community to develop the Active 2020 framework, to look strategically at the provision of active recreation throughout the Territory over the next decade.

We are upgrading sports grounds at Lyneham, Charnwood, Dickson, Isabella Plains, Watson, Weetangera and Bonython.

We’ve built a new archery and multi-use facility in Greenway, started construction of an aquatic facility at Gungahlin and helped install a new synthetic hockey pitch in Tuggeranong.

And over the last four years we have delivered over $8.5 million to local sports clubs and organisations through the sport and recreation grants program.

But there is more to do.

If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will deliver an additional $2 million for upgrades to community sports facilities through our sports grants program, and will increase maintenance to help keep our sports grounds the best in Australia.

Policy costings

ACT Labor will provide $2.0 million over four years to provide grants to local sporting organisations to upgrade and maintain their facilities.

ACT Labor will also provide around $400,000 each year for three extra maintenance staff to maintain and improve our local sporting facilities.







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In addition, Sport and Recreation ACT will also undertake an audit of sporting and recreation facilities in the ACT. This will help the Government to plan for and provide new and upgraded sporting facilities right across Canberra.

How will this investment improve sport and recreation facilities?


The grants will provide a structured mechanism to support sports such as hockey, gymnastics, tennis, netball, basketball and lawn bowls to upgrade their facilities, and assist them to meet ongoing replacement, maintenance and repair costs.

This recognises the vital role that these facilities provide, and ensures sports that don’t use ACT Government-owned facilities have the opportunity to access funding to make important improvements.

This will also ensure clubs will not have to pass on the full cost of these improvements on to their members through registration and playing fees, making it cheaper to participate in these sports.

The funding will be split over four years, and will be a component of the Sport and Recreation Grants Program.

The extra maintenance and repair officers will work within Sport and Recreation ACT to provide extra capacity to undertake improvements to the quality of sports facilities. This includes fixing irrigation, lighting and restoring playing surfaces.

These grants and maintenance commitments recognise the need for quality sports facilities across Canberra. ACT Labor is committed to providing better quality facilities, to make them safer, more user-friendly and encourage increased participation.