The destroyed synthetic pitches at Mitchelton FC. Picture: Facebook

Queensland grassroots sport and active recreation clubs damaged by heavy rain and flooding over the past six months will share in an extra $45 million in emergency funding. The additional funds from the Community and Recreational Assets Recovery and Resilience Program will help many sporting clubs and local councils that are still trying to complete repairs after a year of constant rain and flooding.

Clubs affected by the recent flood and rain events include Mitchelton Football Club, Gympie Netball, Brisbane City Football Club, Caboolture Little Athletics Club, Kilcoy Motorcycle Club, Tansey Polocrosse Club and Caloundra Off-Road Cycling Association.

The program is jointly funded under the Australian and Queensland Government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). The funds can be used for repairing or restoring facilities – where insurance doesn’t cover the cost – or spent on improvements to make a club more resilient against future flooding. Some facilities need urgent repairs including restoring playing fields, new lighting, repairing amenities and restoring clubhouses in those sporting clubs that were damaged across 37 local government areas in Queensland.

There are also other avenues of recovery funding open to clubs including the Level 1 Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program grants ($5000), QRIDA grants – the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority ($50,000) and the jointly funded DRFA Sport and Recreation Recovery grants (up to $20,000).

So far 329 sporting organisations have had approval granted to more than $1.42 million in funding through the Level 1 Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program. Expressions of Interest in the grants close 8 July 2022.

For more information or to apply, please go to the Queensland Govt website.  

Locals inspect the destruction at Mitchelton FC. Picture: Facebook

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