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Future of SA Community Sport Uncertain

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There is growing concern that community sport will suffer from State Government cuts.

The CEO of Sport SA,  Leah Cassidy, has joined the State Opposition in calling for more certainty for the sector’s future after Recreation SA was forced to close its doors due to a lack of financial surety.

"To delay grant funding announcements and create uncertainty and confusion for an industry with over 1.5 million participants and more than 250,000 volunteers is debilitating at a time when we need it least," Sport SA CEO Leah Cassidy said.

Labor's Shadow Sports and Recreation Minister Katrine Hildyard said the Marshall Liberal Government’s review of sporting grants, which is now almost 12 months overdue, is causing angst in the community sport and recreation sector.

"The Government needs to explain why its review of sporting grants is almost a year overdue and why our peak sporting bodies don’t know whether they will be funded into the future," Ms Hildyard said.

Sports Minister Corey Wingard said his government is focused on supporting sporting organisations.

"What we want to do is be investing in sporting clubs. Since coming into Government, we have put more than $100 million into sporting clubs and sporting infrastructure to help those local clubs and get them going and get them moving," Minister Wingard said.

Labor alleges that only $10 million has been spent on supporting sporting clubs out of the $250 million Community and Jobs Support Fund.

Minister Corey Wingard said it is "another Labor lie" and that the amount his Government has spent is closer to $20 out of a $50 million allocation in the $250 million fund.

He said the delay to his Government's review into sporting grants is due to a "pivot" or refocus to COVID relief support grants.

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