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$3 million to make sport and recreation more accessible in Australia

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Thirty nine new projects will share around $1.5 million next financial year as part of the Marshall Government’s 2020-21 Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program (SRDIP).

The STARCLUB Field Officer Program which is rolled out across regional South Australia will also receive $500,000 to continue nine grants and one intra government transfer.

A further 31 projects continue to receive funding from the 2018-19 and 2019-20 rounds.

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard said the funding will deliver beneficial outcomes right across the State.

“We want ensure there’s nothing stopping South Australians from being physically active and this program is imperative for breaking down barriers to inclusion,” Minister Wingard said.

“These 39 new projects will have a positive impact on more than 9,000 participants and will support dozens of new and existing jobs.

“The SRDIP is all about helping eligible organisations develop and implement programs that will grow sport, encourage an active lifestyle, improve services and address barriers to inclusion.

“Some of the projects in this round include programs that encourage Indigenous participation, female participation, provide more opportunities for athletes with a disability and enable success on the national and world stage.”

One of the projects to receive a share in the funding is Play Australia’s ‘1000 Play Streets: Empowering a locally led model for our multicultural communities’.

Play Australia will receive $80,000 to help coordinate Play Streets in the culturally diverse Campbelltown City Council area – which has high numbers of Chinese and Indian residents.

Play Australia Executive Director Barb Champion said it’s important to support neighbourhoods to reclaim their streets as places to come together and be active to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

“We recognise that our multicultural communities often experience greater barriers to getting involved in community-based initiatives so it’s important we build equitable approaches so they can easily participate and lead their own regular Play Streets,” Ms Champion said.

Successful applicants for the 2020-21 Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program were recommended to Minister Wingard by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing.

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