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$45 million in flood recovery funding rains down on sporting clubs

13 June 2022

Queensland’s grassroots sport and active recreation clubs impacted by heavy rain and flooding over the past six months are set to share in a further $45 million in emergency funding.

The $45 million Community and Recreational Assets Recovery and Resilience Program is jointly funded under the Australian and Queensland Government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

The additional funds will help many Queensland sporting clubs and local councils who are still trying to make repairs after a year of constant rain and flooding.

The funds can be used for repairing or restoring facilities where insurance doesn’t cover the cost or making improvements that make the club more resilient against future flooding.

Some of the facilities in urgent need of repair include playing fields, lights, amenities and clubhouses.

Clubs and councils from the 37 Queensland local government areas affected by extreme weather events can submit an Expression of Interest from 13 June and it closes at 5pm on 8 July 2022.

The funding is part of a $720 million joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government DRFA Phase 3 floods recovery package for Queensland which includes human and social recovery, economic, environmental and infrastructure recovery.

The infrastructure component includes the $150 million community and recreational assets program, of which the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport will administer $45 million to support community sporting clubs affected by the recent flood and rain events.

There are also other avenues of recovery funding open including the Level 1 Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program grants ($5000), QRIDA grants – the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority ($50,000) and the jointly funded DRFA Sport and Recreation Recovery grants (up to $20,000).

So far 329 sporting organisations have been approved more than $1.42 million in funding through the Level 1 Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program, including all current disaster activations across Queensland.

Clubs impacted by the recent flood and rain events include Mitchelton Football Club, Gympie Netball, Brisbane City Football Club, Caboolture Little Athletics Club, Kilcoy Motorcycle Club, Tansey Polocrosse club and Caloundra Off Road Cycling Association.

For more information or to apply, please visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/assets-recovery-and-resilience-program.