Official Media Release

Opportunity For Upper Hunter Electorate To Share In Millions Of Sports Facilities Funding

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the NSW Government’s Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund to create and upgrade sport facilities in the Upper Hunter electorate.

The two-year program was a highlight of the recent budget and will see $50 million available to organisations and councils in 2020/21 with a further $50 million available next financial year.  The Fund would improve infrastructure for the sport-loving Upper Hunter community.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on everyone’s lives, including our local community sport competitions,” Mr. Johnsen said.

“The health and wellbeing benefits of playing with your local team are so crucial not just for your fitness but from the networks you create by playing team sport.

“The Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund will improve local sports facilities and active recreational spaces and enable more people to participate in sport and active recreation,” Mr. Johnsen said.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said inclusive projects that encouraged the participation of females and people with a disability will be prioritised.

“I encourage all eligible clubs in the Upper Hunter to apply.  I’m especially passionate about the focus on increasing and improving change room facilities for girls and women so they have their own comfortable environment for playing sport and therefore stay playing sport,” Mr. Johnsen said.

Applications close 26 February 2021: