The McCrae Yacht Club will receive a welcome boost to its upgrade plans after securing $147,000 through round two of the Federal Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grants program.
The funding will allow the club to proceed with plans to improve disability access, install additional female facilities and undergo expansion to improve participation.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said this grant would help the club to significantly expand its capacity to help locals be more active.
“McCrae Yacht Club has been a staple of Port Phillip Bay since 1961, running learn to sail programs, social activities, as well as hosting state, national and international championships,” Minister Hunt said.
“Last year I met with Commodore David Briggs here at the Yacht Club to hear their plans to improve female participation and take care of the elderly in our community.
“The costs of these upgrades were well outside the affordability for the club. That is why I’m proud that the Australian Government has been able to support the McCrae in this once in a generation upgrade.”
Federal Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie echoed Minister Hunt’s comments, saying: “The Liberal & Nationals Government understands that our success and prowess as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports, which is why we have focused our investment on local grassroots sporting facilities such as the McCrae Yacht Club.”
“As outlined in the National Sports Plan, Sport 2030, grassroots sports help drive increased participation and promote social, health and community benefits of physical activity and sport – a key priority for our government.”