City of Mount Gambier has allocated $100,000 to four local sporting clubs following applications for the 2023/2024 Sport and Recreation Capital Works Program for projects totalling more than $555,000.Projects must be aimed at increasing community usage of sport and recreation facilities and be consistent with and contribute to Council’s Strategic Objectives including its Sport, Recreation and Open Spaces Strategy (SROSS) and Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) to be eligible for funding under the program.“Council is pleased to continue providing this funding to enable reinvestment into various sport and recreation facilities throughout the community,” City of Mount Gambier Acting General Manager City Infrastructure Karl Manarangi said.“These works will ensure that these well-utilised facilities can continue to be enjoyed by our community for many years to come.”The successful applications include:
The Apollo Football Club will receive $48,000 to construct new changerooms at their Webb Street premises. The project will see the demolition of the existing changerooms and construction of four new change rooms including two dedicated female change rooms at a total cost of approximately $450,000.“We have had female teams playing at Apollo for two years now and the numbers are growing each year so investing in well-designed female change rooms isn't just about meeting a basic need; it's a step toward creating a more inclusive, empowered, and healthier community for everyone,” Apollo Football Club President Jerome England said.
“It reflects a commitment to promoting gender equality, physical activity, and wellbeing among all members of the community.”The club is hoping to commence the works as soon as further grant funding can be secured from other sources.
North Gambier Football/Netball Club will receive a grant of $14,500 under the program to support the replacement of the football goal posts at Vansittart Park.
The $23,000 project will enable the removal and replacement of the goal posts that have been in place for more than 40 years and will ensure underground footings are appropriately engineered in accordance with current standards.
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