18 June 2011

Jobs plan strengthens sport in Ipswich to the tune of $1.5 million

Minister for Child Safety and Sport

The Honourable Phil Reeves


Jobs plan strengthens sport in Ipswich to the tune of $1.5 million

The Bligh Government is kicking goals for the Ipswich sports community thanks to a $1.5 million cash injection as part of the Local Sport and Recreation Jobs Plan program.

State Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said Ipswich City Council will receive the funding over three years to employ ten Local Sport and Recreation Coordinators.

"Once employed, the coordinators will help support 86 clubs across the Council area."

State Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said the coordinators will help with a range of duties.

"They'll provide assistance with fundraising, promotional activities and sponsorships at the grassroots level."

State Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said many officials and volunteers don't have the time to follow up all the governance, fundraising development and marketing duties that clubs need to pursue.

"They're flat out running the club, and the coordinator will be able to give them much-needed support and advice to help strengthen the clubs so they can continue to provide this vital community service."

The Local Sport and Recreation Coordinators will:

• provide advice on governance for a cluster of organisations and source appropriate support avenues;

• develop networks and support collaborative approaches to sport and recreation in local communities;

• support organisations with grant-seeking, sponsorship, fundraising and corporate partnerships; and

• advise on effective marketing strategies and promotional activities for sport and recreation.

Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the Jobs Plan is not only designed to build capacity within local clubs but will improve employment opportunities within the sport and recreation industry.

"The Bligh Government understands local sport and recreation clubs are the lifeblood of communities," Mr Reeves said.

"The Jobs Plan program, through the appointment of a local coordinator, will help grassroots organisations develop and prosper.

"It's great to see local organisations taking advantage of this Bligh Government initiative.

"This is further evidence of the Government's commitment to its

Toward Q2: Tomorrow's Queensland initiative to help Queenslanders become the healthiest people in Australia.

"The Bligh Government has made the tough economic decisions to ensure we can continue to support local sport and recreation."

Ipswich City Council will contribute more than $1.9 million over three years.

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