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8 MAY 2020

Message from Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray

Good afternoon all,

As you may have heard this morning, today National Cabinet announced a national roadmap towards a COVIDsafe Australia, which includes a 3 step framework for the resumption of sport and recreation activities. This reflects the monumental progress made by all Australian’s curbing community spread of COVID-19, thanks to a concerted effort by our communities to adhere to social distancing and other restrictions.

Without diminishing the immense impact these restrictions have had on the sport and recreation industry, it is clear they have played an invaluable role in the Australian response to COVID-19, the effectiveness of which has been acknowledged around the world. In my opinion, the rapidness with which these hard line measures were put in place has paved the way for us to already be contemplating a slow and measured return to normalcy, while other nations sadly continue battling with high infection rates of the virus. Though we are far from seeing the end of this pandemic, I certainly feel lucky to be an Australian in these times. I would like to again thank sports for the leadership and resilience they have shown in the face of a crisis that would’ve been unimaginable to most of us a year ago.

As for the question of what the National Roadmap means for Western Australia that I am sure is on everyone’s mind - the process for the easing of restrictions over the coming weeks and months will be a state-by-state decision, based on health advice related to the circumstances in each individual state. The McGowan Government is currently working to confirm what this roadmap will look like for our State, and details of the next phase of restrictions to be lifted will be announced this Sunday. I will ensure the fact sheet circulated this week by DLGSC on the implications of the 10-person gathering limit is updated with any relevant information that may arise from the announcement this Sunday and distributed as soon as possible. It would be very much appreciated if sports could hold off on sending through any questions related to any sports matters that may be raised following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday until that fact sheet is sent out. You will be contacted promptly to assist with any questions you may still have after receiving this information.

I would also like to flag the Treasurer’s announcement this week of a $100m Treasury Corp short-term lending facility to support local governments and universities through COVID-19, with the loan guarantee fee to be waived on borrowings through this avenue. I hope this announcement, in conjunction with the CSRFF funding rounds set to open in the near future, will act as a catalyst for the development and upgrade of sport and recreation infrastructure by local governments. I would encourage sports to advocate to local governments to explore those options. A copy of the media release is available here: https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/05/100-million-dollar-short-term-lending-facility-to-support-local-governments-and-universities-through-COVID-19.aspx

A final reminder also that the two Lotterywest funding programs, ‘Event Cancellation Relief for Arts, Sports and Community Groups’ and ‘Sector Support for Resilient Organisations’ close midnight Wednesday 13th May. It’s certainly not too late for SSAs or clubs to apply – and the application forms for both are now conveniently available online here: https://forms.zohopublic.com.au/lotterywest/form/220042020EventCancellationReliefandResilienceforSp/formperma/tLUeR-SPtDkjMhHgwPNTwlDMRUZgr7LAe17qgLWV_Bk

I will continue to update the sector on further developments as they arise.

Regards,

Mick Murray