Posted on: 06 July 2020
The Marshall Liberal Government knows that local sports clubs and competitions have felt the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic all too well, not too mention the dispruption to the teams themselves, with restrictions on training sessions and games. The contribution that local sport has in our community cannot be understated - it not only encourages fitness and physical wellbeing, but local clubs are invaluable when it comes to providing social opportunites for community members. We have therefore placed great importance on trying to soften the blow of COVID-19 for local clubs, and support their recovery.
In addition to support measures such as the $250 million Community and Jobs Support Fund, the Marshall Liberal Government brought forward Round 3 of the Grassroots Football, Cricket, and Netball Facility program. The successful applicants have been announced and I'm thrilled that the Houghton, Inglewood & Hermitage Soldiers' Memorial Park and the South Australian Districts Netball Association are set to State Government grants to help boost their recovery.
The Houghton, Inglewood & Hermitage Soldiers' Memorial Park Committee will receive a $435,000 State Government grant to new multi-purpose uni-sex changerooms and install four new light towers at Houghton Oval. The Houghton, Inglewood, & Hermitage Soldiers' Memorial Park Committee have worked incredibly hard over many years to develop sophisticated plans to upgrade the oval and changerooms at Houghton Memorial Oval, and I'm so pleased that their hard work is being recognised.
The South Australian Districts Netball Association (SADNA) will receive $92,500 to resurface 20 netball courts. SADNA, which is located at Golden Grove, hosts thousands of netball games and training sessions throughout the year, including many involving teams from our local clubs. Ensuring that the playing surfaces are up to scratch is particularly important for the safety of athletes, so it's great to see this deserving project receiving support.
The $92,500 grant is in addition to the $320,000 the Marshall Liberal Government delivered for the updgrade of the SADNA carpark.
I'm a strong supporter of local sport and am very pleased to see it returning as COVID-19 restrictions ease.