Friday, March 1, 2024

WA Govt announces funding for local trail projects

A WA Government funding program is offering grants of up to $50,000 for new community-led trail projects.

The Community Trail Planning Grants Program will offer support totalling $900,000 over the next three years and supports projects involving bushwalking, cycling, horse riding, snorkelling, trail running and mountain biking.

WA Sport and Recreation Minister, David Templeman said grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 will be awarded to projects that demonstrate best practice in community consultation, inclusivity, sustainability and Aboriginal engagement,in line with the Government’s WA Strategic Trails Blueprint 2022–2027. This blueprint guides future planning and development of trails across WA.

“The Cook Government has led the way in trail development in Western Australia. This funding allocation over the next three financial years will ensure the program continues to meet the needs and expectations of the community,” said Mr Templeman.

“Whether it’s a hike, bike ride, snorkel or a leisurely stroll, trails provide a valuable outlet for exercise and recreation, offering us enormous social, mental, and physical health benefits.

“Western Australia boasts breathtaking landscapes and rugged beauty. It’s important that we provide the best trail experience to both locals and visitors who look for interesting, challenging, and unique experiences as part of their holidays and travels.”

Eligible local governments, community organisations and active recreation clubs and associations are encouraged to apply for funding under the program, which is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC).

For more information and to apply, visit the DLGSC website

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