Mornington Island Sport Receives Funding Boost

Mornington Island Sport Receives Funding Boost

Queensland Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt

More Sports For Mornington Island’s Young People

Victor P Taffa

Children and young people at Mornington Island now have more opportunities to participate in basketball, rugby league, boxing, teeball and fitness programs following a funding boost.

Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt said three local organisations, the Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association, the Mornington Island Shire Council and the Mornington Island Aboriginal Corporation for Health, would receive extra funding for sports and fitness activities.

“Sport is a great way for children and young people to make new friends within their community and to participate in supervised, outdoor activities.” Treasurer Pitt said.

 

“Under our initiative local organisations are eligible to receive up to $7,000 for each of their sports programs.”

“With this funding, groups on Mornington Island can continue to undertake initiatives such as recruitment, training and volunteer development to increase access to sport and active recreation for a wider section of the community.”

The following sports programs will receive funding:

  • Mornington Island Aboriginal Corporation for Health will receive $14,000 to conduct new teeball and junior rugby league programs
  • Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association will receive $6,447 to support a fitness program for children aged six to 12 years and a further $1,623 to deliver a separate boxing program for young people aged 10 to 17 years
  • Mornington Island Shire Council will receive $7,000 to conduct a 12 week basketball competition.

Ministerial Champion for Mornington Island Jennifer Howard said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to encouraging more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to get involved in sport and recreation.

“Taking part in physical activities including team sports, fitness and other recreation based activities are a great way to stay fit and healthy.” Ms. Howard said.

“That’s why across Mornington Island, the Queensland Government is investing in sporting projects through the Small Grants Scheme.”