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Significant increase in Commonwealth assistance for 1978 games team



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28 February 1978

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M IN IS TE R FOR E N V IR O N M E N T , HOUS ING AND .

COM M U NIT V DEVELOP Μ 9 N T

Canberra A.C.7.

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SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN COMMONWEALTH ASSISTANCE FOR 1978 GAMES TEAM

The Federal Minister responsible for Sport, Mr Ray Groom, M.P., today announced a grant of $ 2 2 3, 000 to the Australian Commonwealth Games Association for the 1978 Games in Edmonton, Canada.

Mr Groom said that $75 $ 000 of the grant wa s to assist with pre-event training. The balance of $150,000 was to help meet other team costs .including travel, outfitting, accommodation and daily allowances.

"This is the first time a grant for pre-event training has been given. It is a reflection of the Government5 s concern to ensure that athletes have adequate opportunities to be at their peak for Games events in August," Mr Groom said.

• The total grant of $225,000 is a significant increase on the $35»000 allocated for Australia's team at the 197'+ Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. .

This year's grant enables the Australian Comsnonwealth Games Association to plan the rest of its fund-raising campaign with confidence. .

"This grant, in. addition to the $ 1 m previously allocated for sport in 1977/78, confirms the Government's commitment to improving the standards of performance of Australian athletes and of assisting voluntary sporting

organisations;" Mr Groom said. . .

The final distribution of the funds for pre-event training will be discussed with the Commonwealth Gaines Association, the relevant national sports associations and the Sports Advisory Council. Mr Groom said, "The Council will

advise me on the most effective use of the funds."

Mr Groom said he hoped that the impetus given to the fund raising campaign by this significant Commonwealth Gcvernmen t contribution would be complemented by the business community and the public. . ,

"In' this co-operative way all Australians will be able to contribute to the success ox the fund raising appeal and to Australia's success in Edmonton."