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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUNDING ABANDONED

The Liberal National Coalition Government is likely to abandon central Victorian soccer clubs in the upcoming State Budget, State Member for Bendigo West, Ms Edwards said.

Ms Edwards said Bendigo regional soccer clubs who may need upgraded or new facilities such as pitches, change rooms, lights, toilets and clubrooms could be left stranded if Mr Napthine fails to continue the funding the Community Support Fund.

Ms Edwards said the previous Labor Government had allocated funding to assist clubs to improve facilities and help them grow with the local community.

"Central Victorian families have witnessed the devastating impact of the Napthine Government’s cuts to education, health and TAFE sectors and it seems the next to suffer could be local soccer clubs,” Ms Edwards said.

"The world game continues to have strong growth in our area and with that growth there is a responsibility on the Napthine Government to ensure that clubs have access to funding to support them grow.”

"The Napthine-Ryan Government must ensure there is new and appropriate funding committed to the Community Support Fund in the State Budget.”

“There is a strong sporting culture in the Bendigo region experiencing continual growth and with that growth there needs to be government support.”

“Sports Minister Hugh Delahunty and Mr Napthine must explain if the Community Support Fund program funding will be continued, how much will be provided and if any other programs will be axed or short-changed that may impact clubs in Bendigo West,” Ms Edwards said.
Photo courtesy of Max Lesser.

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