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Drum demands detail on sport funds

Victorian Shadow Minister for Sport Damian Drum has demanded the Andrews Labor Government release full details of major sporting funds which failed to get a mention in this year’s State Budget.

In Parliament Mr Drum, Nationals MP for Northern Victoria, asked the Treasurer Tim Pallas to explain what had happened to:

  • $9.8 million yet to be spent in the Shooting Sports Facilities Program;
  • Funding for the Country Football Netball Program; and
  • $18 million which had been ear-marked for two major Bendigo sport projects, the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre and the Bendigo Tennis Centre.

Mr Drum told Parliament that Labor Sport Minister John Eren had been embarrassed at a recent budget review meeting by not being able to show where the funds had been included in this year’s Budget.

“It will be welcome news to many sporting clubs that the Andrews Labor Government has now backflipped and decided to continue the Country Football Netball Program and the Shooting Sports Facilities Program after I raised these issues publicly,” Mr Drum said.

“These are important programs that support local sporting clubs and encourage greater participation in sport across the state.

“But I am still concerned about the long-term future of the programs, with the government refusing to say how long they will continue or where the money is coming from.”