Kardinia Park Stadium Trust & Geelong Arts Centre benefit in $150m rebound

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Kardinia Park Stadium Trust and Geelong Arts Centre will receive a share of a $150 million State Government package aimed at helping the sport, tourism and creative industries rebound from the effects of the pandemic.

The ‘Experience Economy Survival Package’ will support sporting clubs and competitions across the state, as well as major tourist attractions, galleries, museums and the racing industry.

Together, these sectors contribute nearly $70 billion to the Victorian economy and support hundreds of thousands of jobs, but they have been hit hard by measures to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

The investment announced will help these industries ride o¬¬¬ut the impacts of the pandemic and reboot, rebound and recover.

While most specific funding recipients have not yet been chosen, the package includes $40 million for community sport and recreation bodies including state sporting associations, leagues and clubs – to help them return strongly after the pandemic.

A further $16 million will go to national sporting organisations and $5.3 million will support the State Sport Centres Trust and the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust.

The Government will also invest $44 million in the state’s racing industry, to help secure jobs and bolster racing clubs across the state.

More than $32 million will support creative agencies and initiatives, including funding for the Geelong Arts Centre, Museums Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Recital Centre and $6 million for live music industry workers and to bolster the oversubscribed Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.

These funds are in addition to the $16.8 million support package recently announced for creative industries and bring the total survival package for jobs in the creative sector to more than $49 million.

The package also includes $11 million for Victoria’s tourism industry, with funding for the Emerald Tourist Railway Board (Puffing Billy) and other not-for-profit and privately-owned visitor attractions, plus regional tourism boards and the Victorian Tourism Industry Council.

How to apply for support

From Monday, 1 June, local councils with the support of local sporting bodies, will be able to apply for funding of up to $10 million for shovel-ready projects.

The $40 million community club and association program is a key component of the Government’s Experience Economy Survival Package and will help associations, leagues and clubs maintain their viability and connection to their communities, assist the return to training and play, and support members.

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for funding in four categories, with grants available for amounts:

  • Up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations
  • Up to $200,000 for smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies, and other state sport and recreational bodies
  • Up to $15,000 for associations and leagues
  • Up to $1,000 for individual clubs.

Applications for grants under the Victorian Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package will be accepted from 25 May until 15 June 2020, or until the funding allocation is exhausted.

For further information and directions on how to apply, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.