FUNDING for three new projects in the Yarriambiack Shire has brought a smile to sporting communities doing it tough.
The shire has received $2.67 million for new multi-purpose tennis and netball courts at Brim and Rupanyup, while Beulah will build new female-friendly changerooms at its recreation reserve.
The money, part of a $68 million state government funding program, is welcome news for communities ruing the absence of community sport this year.
Rupanyup Football Netball Club treasurer and secretary Calinda Hurley said it was a major boost.
"It is very exciting. Particularly in the current circumstances, to bring a bit of positivity into the community," she said.
"It's hard to plan anything at the moment, for this year or next year, so the biggest thing once we've recovered from COVID-19 is just to bring the community back together.
"The new facilities at Rupanyup will hopefully be just another aspect to help with that and something we can all benefit from."
Yarriambiack Shire sport and recreation officer Rebecca Botheras said it was a spectacular amount of funding.
"We haven't seen this kind of money for a while," she said.
"It will give us some world-class facilities and it's going to make a major difference to our clubs.
"Especially coming out of COVID, with a lot of people thinking that sport could drop off and clubs could lose members. This could be a major boost and really could help encourage people to get involved."
Yarriambiack Shire mayor Graeme Massey said the funding boost came as something of a surprise.
"We were extremely excited we got it because, to be honest, we didn't expect to get all of it," he said.
"It is generally quite a difficult process.
"On behalf of all of the council, we are so excited that we've got something like that up in the current climate.
"There's no sport in this part of the world and it is something that everybody has been missing.
"This is something to really be excited about."
The shire will now begin the process of looking for contractors to get the projects underway.
"With the tennis courts, they've got to do it in drier conditions because of the nature of the soil, so they're waiting until the end of the year," he said.
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