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Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Page: 9318


Mr Farmer asked the Minister for Sport, in writing, on 28 August 2008:

In respect of the Northern Territory (NT) Australian Football League (AFL) and netball development contribution: (a) how will the $2.5 million be spent? (b) what funding will be available to help athletes participate in the AFL competitions? (c) how much of this funding will go towards developing netball? (d) can she indicate whether other stakeholders, such as the NT Government, corporate sponsors or private providers, will contribute? (e) how many people currently participate in junior AFL and netball in the NT?


Ms Kate Ellis (Minister for Youth and Minister for Sport) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a)   $2.5 million has been allocated over five years at $500,000 per year. In 2008/09, $220,000 has been allocated to support the involvement of a Northern Territory Australian Football League team in the 2009 Queensland Australian Football League competition, $230,000 for joint Australian football and netball development activities and $50,000 to support the involvement of a Northern Territory netball team in the 2008 Australian Netball League. Expenditure for the out years will be provided to the Australian Sports Commission on an annual basis for approval.

(b)   In 2008/09, $220,000 will be utilised to support the involvement of a Northern Territory Australian Football League team in the 2009 Queensland Australian Football League competition.

(c)   In 2008/09, $50,000 will be utilised to support the involvement of a Northern Territory netball team in the 2008 Australian Netball League and $230,000 will be utilised for joint Australian football and netball development activities.

(d)   Yes. Other partners to commit to the initiative as at 26 September 2008 include the Northern Territory Government, Energy Resources of Australia Rio Tinto, the Australian Football League, the Pratt Foundation and Qantas. Northern Territory Australian Football League is currently negotiating with other stakeholders.

(e)   In 2007, Northern Territory Australian football had 17,582 junior registered participants. In 2007, Northern Territory netball had 921 junior registered participants.