A MAJORITY LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL:
- Double the value of our successful Ticket to Play Voucher Program, providing $200 in vouchers to help eligible children become involved in sports and activities by investing an additional $3 million over three years.
- Double the Improving the Playing Field grants program next year in 2021-22, taking the total investment to $10 million in 2021-22, to assist with upgrades to change rooms, toilets and shower facilities, lighting, security, fencing, parking, scoreboards, drainage and other works.
- Provide a $10 million Solar Power Sports Club no-interest loan scheme for solar system installation including hot water and/or batteries, to help sporting clubs save money on their energy bills.
- $500,000 over three years for Reclink, to support at risk and disadvantaged Tasmanians enjoy sporting activities.
- Kicking goals plan* to invest $10 million in football (soccer) facility upgrades in Devonport, Launceston and Kingborough, to create opportunity for local talent and helping our push to host base camps for international sides during the Women’s World Cup in 2023.
- Provide $8 million for a new Events Support and Attraction Fund* to secure existing events, and attract new, exciting events for Tasmania, including sporting events.
Sport is the lifeblood of communities across Tasmania.
To get more Tasmanians active, regardless of where they live, their age or their circumstances, we will invest more to help more Tasmanians participate in sport and physical activity.
A re-elected Liberal Majority Government will:
Double the value of our successful Ticket to Play Voucher Program, providing $200 in vouchers to help eligible children become involved in sports and activities
Cost has been identified as one of the main barriers to children participating in sport.
In response to this, in 2018-19 a Liberal Majority Government established Ticket to Play, Tasmania’s first sport voucher program. Since then, over 10,000 vouchers have been redeemed.
Ticket to Play provides financial assistance towards club membership for children aged 5-18 years who are listed on a Centrelink Healthcare Care or Pensioner Concession Card or in Out of Home Care.
As part of the 2020-21 Budget, we committed to doubling the voucher from $100 to $200 for a year – and we will now extend this for a further three years, by investing an additional $3 million. As well, we will allow vouchers to be used for two different activities.
The top 10 activities for vouchers include AFL/Auskick, football (soccer), Little Athletics, cricket, gymnastics, scouts, basketball, netball, Girl Guides and surf life saving.
Double the Improving the Playing Field grants program next year in 2021-22, taking the total investment to $10 million in 2021-22
Improving the Playing Field is a competitive grants program open to sporting clubs to assist with funding for infrastructure projects, improving the amenity for participants, officials and spectators, aimed at boosting participation.
This financial year, 58 projects across Tasmania have been funded, including change rooms, toilet and shower facilities access, lighting, security, fencing, parking, scoreboards, drainage and other civil construction works.
A re-elected Liberal Majority Government will invest an additional $5 million to double the grants pool in 2021-22 to support a new range of capital investments by sporting clubs and associations, benefiting local communities for years to come.
This also supports job creation, and small businesses with a pipeline of local work.
Provide a $10 million Solar Power Sports Club no-interest loan scheme for solar systems installation including solar hot water and/or batteries
To help our sporting clubs and associations save money on their energy bills, a re-elected Majority Liberal Government will provide a $10 million loan fund for loans of up to $20,000.
These loans will be available for no interest for a period of five years, for solar panels, hot water systems and/or battery systems.
New solar systems will not only help sporting clubs with their energy costs, but in some instances, generate extra income through exporting solar electricity to the grid.
Our Solar Sports Clubs Loan Scheme will help clubs who may not otherwise be able to afford the high up-front cost of solar energy systems.
This is expected to benefit around 500-600 sporting clubs and associations.
$500,000 over three years for Reclink, to support at risk and disadvantaged Tasmanians enjoy sporting activities
Reclink provides sport and recreation programs to Tasmanians most at risk, and disadvantaged Tasmanians.
Reclink’s programs help build confidence and capability and have a positive impact on young people. The programs are delivered throughout Tasmania, including in Hobart, Bridgewater, the Derwent Valley and Huon Valley, Launceston, George Town, Risdon Vale, Glenorchy, Brighton, Burnie and Ulverstone.
Reclink works in partnership with over 450 community, government and private organisations across Australia, including 61 member-organisations in Tasmania.
A re-elected Liberal Majority Government will support and extend this valuable program to benefit more Tasmanians, with an investment of $500,000 a year, over three years.
Kicking goals plan* to invest $10 million in football facility upgrades in Devonport, Launceston and Kingborough
These investments will create opportunity for local talent and helping our push to host base camps for international sides during the Women’s World Cup in 2023.
Provide $8 million for a new Events Support and Attraction Fund* to secure existing events, and attract new, exciting events for Tasmania, including sporting events.
Over the past seven years, Tasmania has hosted an exciting and diverse range of events, including major sporting events, like the Masters Games held in Burnie in 2017.
These events bring thousands of visitors to Tasmania, and drive economic activity in our cities and regional communities.
A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will work to not only secure events that already take place in our State, but attract new events to Tasmania.
This will help draw more visitors, support Events Tasmania to actively target and secure mass-participation events that deliver the greatest return for investment, and build on the range of events to further benefit our economy.
Current work underway right now:
- $1 million under tranches 3 & 4 of the COVID-19 Sport and Recreation Grants Program to assist sport and recreation sector.
- $66 million redevelopment of the Derwent Entertainment Centre.
- National team into the National Basketball League – the Tasmanian JackJumpers.
- $20 million towards construction of an Indoor Multi-Sport Facility at Glenorchy.
- $300,000 to Football Tasmania to boost women and girls’ participation.
- $480,000 towards Western United Football Club hosting matches at UTAS Stadium in Launceston, including junior clinics and youth camps.
- Statewide Strategy for Sport and Recreation Infrastructure.
- $750,000 towards the SKY Sport New Zealand Breakers playing NBL matches in Tasmania.
Our record in Government:
- Funding towards hosting the Master Games in Burnie.
- $20 million to 34 projects under Levelling the Playing Field Grants Program.
- Over $1 million to 36 organisations in 2021 Sport and Recreation Grants.
- $400,000 for Tassie Tigers men’s and women’s teams in the Hockey One league.
- $7.8 million to sport and recreation in response to COVID-19.
- $2 million to AFL Tasmania to support community and grassroots football.
- $1.2 million to Football Federation Tasmania to support grassroots football development and its Talent Support programs for men and women.
- $300,000 per annum to Netball Tasmania for grassroots and elite development.
- $1,060,000 to Cricket Tasmania towards cricket across all levels of the game, with a focus on female cricket and participation, including women’s Big Bash League.
- $286,000 to Reclink to implements its programs in Tasmania.
The cost of this policy is $9.2 million
*The $10 million Kicking Goals policy and the $8 million Events Support Fund have been already announced and costed.