Shadow Minister for the Hunter Kate Washington MP has joined with Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes in questioning the NSW Government’s classification of Newcastle LGA when government grants are announced.
On Thursday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that $100 million would be made available to sporting groups across the 33 Council areas which make up Greater Sydney.
This fund comes on top of the $100 million Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund which is available to the 94 Councils outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
Newcastle Council’s community sporting infrastructure has been excluded from both funds. In March this year Newcastle Council wrote to Premier Berejiklian seeking clarification on their status for future grant funding.
Premier Berejiklian is insisting that the Newcastle LGA is too metro to be regional, but not metro enough to get her Sydney-only funding.
The NSW Government is letting down the many sport loving families across the Newcastle LGA who use local community sporting infrastructure.
Some streets in Elermore Vale
Other streets in Elermore Vale
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Hunter, Kate Washington MP
“The Berejiklian Government has found $2 billion for stadiums in Sydney and yet they continue to exclude Newcastle from their new sports infrastructure funds.
“Premier Berejiklian is short changing the entire Hunter region when our regional sporting venues in Newcastle are excluded from State funding.
“Once again there’s a pork barrel fund for Western Sydney and a fund for the Nationals, but sporting venues in Newcastle miss out”
Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Nuatali Nelmes:
"Despite being the economic powerhouse of New South Wales, the Premier and the Government continue to ignore the inconsistencies that cut Newcastle off from grant funding which is so vital to building the infrastructure we need to transition into an emerging global city.
"It is very disappointing given that our council has unanimously supported a call for the New South Wales Government to rectify this situation."
This item was distributed as a media release on Monday 16 April 2018.