Labor’s funding cuts will hurt south-west sports clubs

Local sporting clubs have been dealt another blow as the Andrews Labor Government confirmed it has cut funding and support for community sport, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says.

In Public Accounts and Estimates Hearings (PAEC) this week, The Andrews Labor Government confirmed it has cut a whopping $257 million towards community sport funding at a time when community sporting clubs need it most.

Ms Britnell said clubs have taken hit after hit over the past 12 months – with seasons cancelled last year and ongoing restrictions limiting the number of people who can attend games.

She said community sporting clubs need support, not to be kicked down when they are trying to find their feet.

“In regional areas, the locally sporting club is often the lifeblood of the town – it’s the meeting point and it brings the community together – there is much more to a sporting club than the action on the field or court,” Ms Britnell said.

“Sporting clubs provide a social outlet for many people in the community, it’s where friendships and supports are made, the teach young people the value of volunteering and of course there are the health and wellbeing benefits for those who are competing.

“But instead of supporting our clubs when they need it most and ensuring they are able to continue to provide those benefits Labor cuts millions from the sector.”

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