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Queensland Government backs recreation and sport jobs

Queensland Government backs recreation and sport jobs
November 30, 2011

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced an investment of $10.3 million over three years to employ an additional 67 local sport and recreation coordinators.

Premier Bligh said the additional positions, under the Local Sport and Recreation Jobs Plan program, meant there would now be 178 coordinators assisting 1150 grassroots sport and recreation clubs.

Premier Bligh explained "these roles help our clubs become stronger so they can provide great sporting opportunities for their communities and help our aim of making Queenslanders Australia's healthiest people.

"Each coordinator is paid to provide guidance and expert advice to a cluster of sport and recreation clubs on fundraising, promotional activities and sponsorships at the grassroots level.

"I know there are many club officials and volunteers who just 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."

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.

Queensland Sport Minister Phil Reeves said developing sport at the grassroots level not only heightens our chances of hosting events, but reinforces our reputation as the Champions State and the Events State as well.

Minister Reeves added "Queensland has had a great sporting year which is partly due to the Government's continued investment in sport and recreation, which is more than other states or territories.

"However, we don't want to rest on our laurels, which is why I recently launched our 'Ahead of the Game' discussion paper to help develop a new vision or a road map for sport and recreation into the future.

"Ahead of the Game backgrounds what we've achieved and how our initiatives have taken us to where we are now, but more importantly it asks key questions on where we should be heading.

"We want to work in partnership with everyone - from clubs and associations to local government and the broader community to focus our efforts on how we can get even more Queenslanders participating in sport and recreation.

"This aligns with our Toward Q2: Tomorrow's Queensland initiative to help Queenslanders become the healthiest people in Australia."

Image courtesy of RMA Sport.

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