Standing up for Canberra

Support for indigenous sport in the ACT Continues

The Aboriginal Corporation for Sport and Recreation Activities today received $170,000 under the Gillard Government’s Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program.

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann welcomed the funding and said it would support two projects in the ACT and southern New South Wales to improve the health and physical wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

“The funding provided by the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program will ensure community participation in sport and physical activity continues for Indigenous Australians in the Canberra region,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“ACSRA is dedicated to providing coaching clinics, elder’s recreation and sporting opportunities, including in rugby league, netball, basketball, little athletics, cricket, oztag and touch football.

“The first project run with the support of the grants will maintain and support Indigenous programs at Boomanulla Oval in Narrabundah. 

“The second project will provide small grants to assist Indigenous people to participate in sport and recreation programs throughout the ACT, Queanbeyan, Yass, Cooma and the south coast. 

“I have worked closely with the Minister for Sport, Mark Arbib to ensure ACSRA continues to provide sport and physical activities for Indigenous Australians.”

Ms Brodtmann said the grants were part of the Gillard Government’s ongoing commitment to improving the health and physical wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

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

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