Sport and Recreation

Western Australians love their sport, and there have been numerous studies showing the benefits this delivers in terms of healthier, stronger communities. Sport and recreation promotes social interaction, improves mental health, and encourages a healthy and active lifestyle.

Local Governments want to work with the State Government to make sure these benefits are realised, by giving our communities access to quality and well-designed sporting facilities.

For a number of years WALGA has been advocating for funding for the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) to increase to $25 million per annum so that we can invest more in the sporting infrastructure the community needs.

Some communities are missing out because funding for sports facilities has not been able to keep up with the growing community demand. Several million dollars’ worth of projects do not go ahead each year, because there is not enough money available in the CSRFF, particularly since it was cut back in 2015-16.

More money for the CSRFF will mean that important community projects can get off the ground. Each dollar of funding through the CSRFF is typically matched by more than four dollars of investment by Local Governments and others.

By increasing funding for the CSRFF, the community will benefit from important projects such as lighting upgrades at sporting grounds, refurbished change rooms, tennis and netball courts, equestrian pavilions, aquatics facilities, walking and cycling trails, cricket nets and skate parks to name just a few.

Our economy will also benefit from an additional 135 jobs and $23.7 million in Gross State Product each year.

(Source: https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/sport-and-recreation/benefits-to-the-community)

How can I help?
If sporting facilities are important to you and your community, let your local State Election candidates know. The next State Election will be held on Saturday, 13 March 2021. Find your local candidates by clicking below.
 

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