FUNDING BOOST FOR YORKE PENINSULA SPORT & REC CLUBS

Kadina Town Hall

Four towns across Yorke Peninsula including Kadina on the Copper Coast to receive Sport and Rec funding

Four sport and community clubs across the Yorke Peninsula will share in $256,925 funding to build a new pool, a skate park and install important irrigation and watering systems, as part of the latest round of State Government funding.

The funding is part of the 2014/15 Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (CRSFP), which will see $6.9 million go to 46 projects across the state.

The grants include:

$100,000 District Council of Copper Coast Build a new swimming pool at the Copper Coast Sport and Leisure Centre in Kadina.
$55,000 Minlaton and District Progress Association Construct a new skate park at the Minlaton Sports Complex.
$33,500 Paskeville Progress Association Install a new 318 kilolitre water tank.
$11,000 Kadina Hockey Club Inc. Install a new irrigation system and upgrade playing surface.

Minister for Recreation and Sport Leon Bignell said thousands of sports people across the Yorke Peninsula were set to benefit from this round of funding.

“Once built, the Minlaton Skate Park will be the only skate park in the central and southern Yorke Peninsula,” Mr Bignell said.

“With more than 2,500 young people aged between 10 and 19 living on the Yorke Peninsula, the skate park will provide a much needed additional recreation activity for local youths.

“The Minlaton Sports Complex already hosts bowls, tennis, netball and basketball and is used by about 500 people.

“In Paskeville, the new high capacity water tank will allow the town oval – used by the Paskeville Boor Plains Cricket Club and Paskeville Football Club – and local bowling greens to be watered all year round.

“The town oval currently receives no watering during the winter months other than natural rain fall and this leaves the surface very dry and hard, creating health and safety risks for its users.

“More than 320 members of the football, cricket and bowls clubs will benefit from having this new water tank.”

Mr Bignell said funding for two projects in Kadina would see a new public pool built at the Copper Coast Sports and Leisure Centre as well as a new irrigation system for the local hockey club.

“The only land based pool on the Copper Coast, which was privately owned, closed in April last year so this new pool is something the local community really needs,” Mr Bignell said.

“The pool will be used for lane swimming, aqua aerobics, learn to swim and hydrotherapy and will encourage more of the Copper Coast’s 13,000 residents to use the leisure centre.

“A new irrigation system at the Kadina Hockey Club will be used to improve the condition of the grass fields which are used by both hockey and softball for competition and training.

“On any given match day, there is a combined total of 500 hockey and softball players using the fields.

“The current irrigation system is 20 years old and leaves large areas of the field unwatered making them hard, uneven and unsafe for the users.

“The new irrigation system will provide a more player friendly surface and hopefully decrease the risk of injury to hockey and softball players.”

Mr Bignell said CRSFP supported projects from community-based organisations, local government, active recreation and sport clubs and schools for the planning and development of new or existing facilities.

“Funding grassroots organisations has a huge benefit for our community,” Mr Bignell said.

“Creating a healthy sporting environment benefits our sporting clubs with a flow on effect of attracting more players, funding, sponsorship opportunities, spectators and volunteers.

“I’m pleased this funding program opens the door for hundreds of thousands of South Australians to be involved in sport and active recreation activities.”

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