Joint Media Release: New funding for sporting clubs and regional communities

New tennis courts, soccer pitches and surf lifesaving equipment are among a range of local projects and investments from the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government.

The Aldinga Sports Complex is set for a major redevelopment thanks to federal funding to meet the growing demand of local sport.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said the Liberal and Nationals Government would provide $2.26 million to upgrade the complex.

“The funding will go towards the construction of two new soccer pitches and upgrades of multi-use sporting facilities,” Senator Ruston said.

The Gumeracha Tennis Club will receive federal funding to redevelop and upgrade aging courts. The Government will provide $220,000 redevelop the playing surface to ensure continuity of the facilities all year round.

The Woodchester Tennis Club will be provided $75,000 to resurface playing courts to safeguard player safety and upgrade amenities.

The Macclesfield RSL will receive $10,000 to construct a shelter in their Anzac Memorial Garden in collaboration with the Macclesfield Football Club and Macclesfield Men’s Shed.

The Aldinga Bay Surf Lifesaving Club will be able to purchase new rescue, first aid and resuscitation equipment thanks to $13,500 of funding.

The Yankalilla Men’s Shed will be use $10,000 to upgrade their meeting rooms and kitchen and Normanville’s HMAS Hobart Memorial will be preserved through a grant of $6,000.

A family-friendly Craigburn playground will be constructed by the City of Mitcham with funding of $200,000.

“These announcements and funding commitments will meet the growing demand of local sport and help strengthen our regional communities,” Senator Ruston said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said these sorts of projects would have a significant impact on local sports organisations.

“Sporting clubs are the backbone of our regional communities, bringing people together and keeping locals fit and healthy,” Mr McCormack said.

“Whether it’s in a team environment such as football or netball, or an individual sport such as tennis or golf, sport plays an important role in connecting our communities.

“I’m proud the Liberals and The Nationals are investing in these projects and are helping to build even stronger relationships among local residents.”

The Federal Government also acknowledges the work of Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie who has advocated for this funding.

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