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Australian Sports funding to stay on Track

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Media Release Jackie Kelly

Tuesday 11 May 1999 99/126

Australian Sports Funding to Stay On Track

As promised by the Coalition at the last Federal election, the Federal Government will maintain it’s strong on-going commitment to nurturing sporting excellence in the lead-up to the 2000 Sydney Games.

Federal Sports Minister Jackie Kelly today announced that Australian sport will retain its pre-eminent world position with funding initiatives in the Federal Budget targeting both elite and participation sporting activities.

Ms Kelly said the Budget meets the Government’s election commitment to provide an additional $144 million to Australian sport over five years to 2002/03.

The Government has also provided an additional $1.8 million over two years to assist Australia’s Paralympic athletes prepare for the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.

“What I have announced here today will guarantee funding levels to Australian sport through the Australian Sports Commission over the next three years,” Ms Kelly said.

“This funding will provide stability to our sporting organisations and allow our Australian teams and athletes to retain their world-ranked positions and Australia's high national and international sporting reputation.

“In addition, the increased funding to our Paralympians also ensures we can deliver a gold medal winning performance to those who are a great inspiration within Australian sport.”

Ms Kelly said current four-year funding levels will be maintained up to the Sydney Olympics, including an extra Budget allocation of $5 million to cover coaching and support staff contracts and athlete assistance payments in the period between the end of the 1999/2000 financial year and the Olympics in October.

“Without this additional assistance from the Howard/Fischer Government Labor’s legacy would have disrupted our athletes’ preparation in the final crucial months and weeks before the Games.”

Extra funding will also be provided to ensure the facilities at the AIS are world class, including:

• Replacement of the AIS running track; and • Upgrading of the AIS pool and filtration systems.

The Federal Government’s Review 2000'- the most far reaching reassessment of Australian sport in 20 years - will look at a range of issues, including the role of the Commonwealth in sport post 2000.

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Ms. Kelly said the review will consult widely across all levels of Australian sport to help the Government maximise the potential of sport as an industry, recreation and a way of life for millions of Australians of all ages.

The May 1999 Budget initiatives will ensure that Australia continues to have an effective national sport infrastructure, improved participation irisport activities and excellence in sport performance.

Media inquiries: Peter Cassuben Minister Kelly's Office (02) 6277 7080/0417 980 009


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