12 May 2022
By MICHAEL SIMMONS
In a boost to local sport and the regional economy, the Alexandrina Council has been awarded $10,000 by the Morrison Government for the Strathalbyn Junior Football Carnival.
Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan said the funding would support regional sport while also helping to boost local economies by attracting more visitors to regional areas to attend sporting events.
“The Strathalbyn Junior Football Carnival to be held on September 17 and 24 will bring the community together and stimulate the local economy,” Mr McLachlan said.
“Hosted by the Strathalbyn Strikers Soccer Club, the event will attract teams from across the Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills to participate in a round robin seven-a-side competition.
“Importantly, the carnival will provide opportunities for competitors aged from Under 8s through to Under 17s and feature both mixed gender and girls’ teams.
“Strathalbyn is a fantastic location for such an event and the township can expect an economic boost, with organisers to utilise local businesses to supply the equipment, services, food and personnel required.
“I commend the Alexandrina Council for continuing to support local sport across the district.
Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes thanked the Federal Government for its support.
“We are pleased to support this event and thankful for the Federal Government funding for this Junior Football Carnival which will provide opportunity for participants to expand their social networks, be inspired by specialist coaching, and encourage our youth to lead an active and healthy lifestyle,” Mr Parkes said.
Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the program would have wide-ranging benefits for local communities.
“With funding of up to $50,000 available to host regional sporting events, the Australian Government is helping ensure regional communities can bounce back after the devastating effects of the pandemic” Mr Colbeck said.
“We’ve seen applications for events range from ‘come and try days’ to larger events such as state sporting championships that will engage the broader community and have flow on effects for local businesses.”
Liberal candidate for Mayo Allison Bluck said Strathalbyn was the perfect place to host a soccer carnival.
“As the Liberal candidate for Mayo, it is a great pleasure to be engaging with local sports participants and organisers across the electorate to identify their needs for future growth,” Ms Bluck said.View source