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Funding supports 136 Indigenous sport projects

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Sport
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness

Indigenous Australians will benefit from more than $10.5 million in sport and recreation grants, Minister for Sport Mark Arbib announced today.

The grants, funded through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program, will provide support to 136 sport and recreation projects for Indigenous communities across the country.

Senator Arbib said the grants were part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to improving the health and physical wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

“The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program supports community participation in sport and physical recreation to improve the health and physical wellbeing of Indigenous Australians,” Senator Arbib said.

“The projects will also foster a sense of enjoyment and fun in sport and recreation and have a significant impact on reducing Indigenous disadvantage and contributing to broader social benefits.

“These projects also have other benefits for Indigenous Australians, including increasing social cohesion and empowering local communities.

“Sport can build self-confidence and self-esteem and has positive health and mental health benefits. Participation also develops teamwork and communication skills.

“That’s why the Government is committed to supporting participation in sport in all areas of the community.”

The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program contributes to the Australian Government’s commitment to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

”The program attracts a wide range of applications from metropolitan, regional and remote communities around the country,” Senator Arbib said.

For more information visit: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/sport/funding/indigenous/2011-12_isrp_approved_orgs.cfm