Women and girls will be encouraged to get more active through round three of the Queensland Government’s Get Out, Get Active program.

Sport Minister Mick de Brenni and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones today invited submissions for the program, with a total of $1.7 million in funding available.

Mr de Brenni said $1 million was available to councils and an additional $700,000 for not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations through the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ Embracing 2018 Legacy Program.

“This funding provides a launch pad for women and girls to foster life-long participation in sport and active recreation,” he said.

“Queensland women are leading the nation in terms of elite sport. I want to make sure that we continue to support women’s sport at every level.

“To date we have seen some incredibly worthwhile community-based activities delivered across the state with funding from this program.

“These grants have supported the Moreton Bay Regional Council to conduct 40 introductory skill development clinics as a part of the ‘Local Women, Local Clubs’ program.

“In Roma, the Maranoa Regional Council used this initiative to run netball and basketball clinics.

“And this funding has supported Logan City Council to provide free weekly fitness classes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“Sport is a life-long pursuit, and that’s what programs like this are all about.”

Ms Jones said she was pleased the funding boost for women’s sport was opening during Queensland Women’s Week and in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

“In just over a year, the eyes of the world will be on the Gold Coast as we stage the best Commonwealth Games ever and we want all Queenslanders to embrace the spirit of these Games,” she said.

“I am sure this new funding will encourage girls and women from across Queensland to get out, get active and get excited about the Commonwealth Games.”

Mr de Brenni said the round three funding commitment followed the success of the first two funding rounds which provided $800,000 to local governments.

“This is a fantastic initiative that will provide greater opportunities for women and girls to get out and get active,” he said.

“I encourage councils and not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations to submit proposals by April 10 which facilitate projects that encourage innovation and partnerships to meet the needs of inactive women and girls.”

Get Out, Get Active provides grants of up to $40,000 to Queensland councils and not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations for projects that deliver community-based sport and active recreation activities.

For more information on Get Out, Get Active, visit www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding ( http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/ ).

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