GOVERNMENT NOT WALKING THE WALK TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL SPORT

The Barr government’s spin on the importance of local sport to the health of the community isn’t reflected in its actions towards local sporting clubs and organisations, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation Steve Doszpot said today.

“Last week I hosted a forum for Canberra’s local sporting organisations where stakeholders from the football codes, cricket and other sports attended. The consistent themes that were raised included the declining state of local sporting facilities (ovals and infrastructure) and rising hire fees,” Mr Doszpot said.

“The government is keen to talk about Canberrans being more active, but the reality for many sports organisations and clubs is that it’s more difficult for them to organise sport because of cost, poor maintenance and access to facilities.

“The government’s methods are puzzling. They’re happy to ban junk food advertising on buses, but are running down local sport at the same time.

“The Canberra Liberals will listen to the concerns raised by local clubs as we develop our sports plan ahead of the ACT Election. I want local sport to thrive and the government should be doing everything it can to make that happen,” Mr Doszpot concluded.