The Goondiwindi and District Cricket Association and The Goondiwindi Golf and Country Club have welcomed the news that they will receive funding to host a multi- sport festival in Goondiwindi in September this year.
The Goondiwindi Golf and Cricket Gala Day will be held on September 11, and will consist of junior cricket and golf clinics, women’s cricket and golf clinics, a men’s 20/20 ‘big bash”, and putting, chipping and longest drive competitions. There is also going to be an array of food and drinks, and live entertainment on offer.
The Regional Sports Event Fund was recently open for applications for Councils in eligible LGAs to host sporting events that encourage visitation to regional Australia, engage communities and reinvigorate local economies.
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the funding would support regional sport while also helping to boost local economies by attracting more visitors to regional areas to attend sporting events.
“The Goondiwindi Golf and Cricket Gala Day to be held on September 11 will bring the community together, attract visitors and stimulate the local economy after a challenging few years,” Mr Littleproud said. “With funding of up to $50,000 available to host regionally based sporting events, the Government is helping ensure regional communities can bounce back after the devastating effects of recent flooding.
“Applications received under the first tranche of funding have ranged from ‘come and try days’ to larger events such as state sporting championships that will engage the broader community and have flow on effects for local businesses.”
Event Organizer, Eliza Jackson, said Its exciting to be able to offer an event in our region that the whole family can participate in.
“We are so fortunate to live in a community that enjoys the social benefits of sport, however we have not been immune to the impacts of the pandemic. Our local sporting competitions have really felt the impact of lockdowns and border closures. We are confident that this event will enable us to re-connect as a community, and allow us to celebrate through sport.”
“Our local Golf Club and Cricket Association are working together to make it a successful event. We are fortunate to have the involvement of QLD Cricket and Golf Australia to help us run the clinics on the day, and we encourage everyone to come along and make the most of it.”
As regional Australia recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, sporting events will play an increasingly important role in reconnecting and revitalising communities right across the country. The funding will be available to over 400 eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Very Remote, Remote, Outer Regional and Inner Regional areas to partner with their local clubs/associations and sporting event organisers to host a wide range of sporting events in their communities. Go tohttps://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/regional-sport-events-fund for more information.
- Goondiwindi Regional Council have been awarded $10,000 to contribute to the Goondiwindi Golf and Cricket Gala Day.
- The Regional Sport Events Fund, supported by the Australian Government and managed by Sport Australia, will enable the region to come together and celebrate through sport.
- The event will consist of cricket and golf clinics for the whole family to come and try.