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Monday, 10 November 2008
Page: 10452

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

In respect of the Local Sporting Champions program: (a) how many (i) athletes, and (ii) teams will be assisted under this program; (b) will funding be provided to individuals or to their associations or clubs; (c) how will the funding be acquitted; (d) who has responsibility for approaching corporate sponsors for matched funding (Budget Paper 2 page 228); (e) what corporate sponsors have been approached to match this funding; (f) how much funding will be sought from each corporate sponsor; (g) what will the corporate sponsors receive in return for their sponsorship; and (h) will their sponsorship be tax deductible.

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

The Local Sporting Champions Program is an initiative of the Australian Government designed to provide financial assistance to young sportsmen and women aged up to 18 years of age, participating in significant or specialist sporting competitions or events.

Grants of $500 will be available for successful individual applicants and up to $3,000 for successful team applicants. The grant is to support travel, accommodation, uniform and/or equipment in the nominated competition or event.

The launch of the Program is imminent and further details of the program will be released through that process.