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Broulee Netball grants: Background

With the recent resignation of Bridget McKenzie over the Sports Rorts controversy many in the shire remember her visit in April 2019 with fellow National Party member and candidate for Gilmore, Katrina Hodgkinson. The 2018-19 Move It AUS – Community Sport Infrastructure program with an initial $28.3 million grant round experienced overwhelming interest with over 2,050 applications submitted totaling more than $396 million in grant requests. There were 224 successful (Round 1) applicants that were announced and notified in December 2018. Over $1.5 million worth of funds was allocated to football facilities across NSW aimed at amenity buildings being built and playing surfaces improved . Eurobodalla Shire Council – Moruya FC received $200,000

In response to program demand, the Australian Government announced an additional $32.3 million to the grant program in December 2018. This additional investment created a second round for existing eligible applicants only. 232 successful (round 2) applicants were announced and notified in March 2019. Eurobodalla Council did not receive any funding from this round.

In March, 2019, a further $40 million was announced to support the grant program for existing eligible applicants only.

228 successful (round 3) applicants were notified in April 2019. This included the Eurobodalla Shire Council being granted $475,000 for the improvements to the Broulee Netball courts. A Community Sport Infrastructure grant application for $475,000 was submitted in September 2018 towards replacement of the existing six bitumen netball courts with eight acrylic courts. Home to the Eurobodalla Netball Association, additional courts are required to accommodate increasing netball memberships. Council had already been successful in securing grant funding of $353,700 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to contribute to the improvements to the sporting amenities building.

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