Thursday, February 22, 2024

15 Tasmanian councils to share $2.9m open spaces grants

Fifteen Tasmanian councils will share in $2.9 million of funding through the State Government’s Open Spaces Grant Program, Local Government Minister, Nic Street has announced.

Minister Street said enabling Tasmanians to be connected, active and healthy in their own local communities was something he “passionately supports”.

“Open spaces are really important to Tasmanian communities – these are places to exercise, gather, socialise and take part in community activities,” he said.

“The Program was established with a $5 million investment by the Rockliff Liberal Government to support councils in their delivery of infrastructure that encourages local active living and less structured or informal recreation pursuits.

“We want to enhance opportunities for all Tasmanians to gain the health and wellbeing benefits of active living, including participation in sport and all forms of outdoor recreation – especially in their local communities.

“Councils across Tasmania provide much of the essential and well-utilised infrastructure that keeps our communities healthy, active, and connected and I am a proud supporter of their work to do so.”

Local Government Association of Tasmania President, Mayor Mick Tucker said the grants provide councils with an opportunity to enrich the lives of their residents.

“Communities and councils in all regions of the State will benefit,” Mr Tucker said.

“Leveraging council co-funding, Round 1 projects will deliver more than $5 million in total infrastructure investment to support healthy and active communities.

“This is a fantastic result for successful councils and their local communities.

“All councils, including those unsuccessful in Round 1, are encouraged to apply for Round 2 which will open in coming months, and will provide a further $2 million to councils.”

Funded projects include:

  • Community sporting facilities, including basketball and tennis courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Public toilets and barbeques
  • Cycling and walking paths
  • Swimming pool refurbishment
  • Skate parks.

Round 2 will provide a further $2 million in funding available to councils and will open in the coming months.

The 15 successful applicants are:  Brighton Council, Central Highlands Council, Clarence City Council, Derwent Valley Council, Devonport City Council, Dorset Council, Flinders Council, Glenorchy City Council, City of Hobart, Kingborough Council, City of Launceston, Meander Valley Council, Northern Midlands Council, Sorell Council and Waratah-Wynyard Council.

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