Forbes mayor Phyllis Miller is leading a push for the Federal Government to provide funding for community sporting facilities.
Mayor Miller said she hoped to “sow the seed” for the funding whilst attending the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra in June.
“Rural life is made up of our sporting venues,” Mayor Miller said.
“There is no funding for sporting fields, what we’re saying is let’s get Federal funding, even if we have to match it dollar for dollar, so that we can do some of the work needed on these sporting fields.
“I want to try to get this on the radar of the board of Local Government and they can then take it on,” she said.
“An enormous amount of money is currently going to the cities for stadia.
“If we can get say $200,000 a year it would do an enormous amount,” mayor Miller said.
Forbes Shire Council acting general manager Max Kershaw said the Federal Government currently has two programs that help fund community infrastructure but applications for both are complex and take a long time to prepare.
“Without the support of shire councils it is almost too much trouble for time poor community volunteers to apply,” Mr Kershaw said.
“As with many regional communities organised sport is the glue that binds the community.
“It plays a major role in promoting healthy lifestyles and creating inclusive communities.”
Funding for the facilities, Mr Kershaw said, “just doesn’t exist”.
He said current funding programs are usually hopelessly oversubscribed and a great deal of inequity existed.
“Smaller regional shire concils are severely disadvantaged (by the process),” Mr Kershaw said.
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