Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent has encouraged local sporting groups across McMillan to apply for funding from a national $29.7 million program aimed at upgrading community sport infrastructure.

The Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program has been launched, enabling sport and community organisations to apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade sporting infrastructure in 2018-19.

Mr Broadbent urged local sporting groups to consider projects that would help build participation in physical activity, community partnerships and inclusiveness.

“Sporting facilities are vital for inspiring physical activity and health, but also for building community spirit and pride.

“I encourage sport and community groups to collaborate and think about projects that could enhance our facilities across the region. Even the smallest of facility projects can have a big impact on boosting local business, economy, health and social cohesiveness.

“Improving lighting, playing surfaces and accessibility for different ages and genders are just some of the ways sporting facilities can be made safer and more appealing,’ Mr Broadbent said.

The program will be managed by Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity.

Applications will remain open until September 28 and more information on the Community Sport Infrastructure grant program can be found at https://www.sportaus.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/677879/CSI_Grant_Program_guidelines.pdf