A local athletics coaching business in Dubbo will benefit from $79,970 under the Coalition Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), it has been announced today.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said X-Cellerate Athletics Coaching will be able to purchase a custom built trailer and athletics equipment with the funding.
“I’m pleased that with this grant, X-Cellerate Athletics Coaching can make a difference to the lives of more young people in my electorate,” Mr Coulton said.
“This funding will allow for the purchase of athletics equipment from starting blocks and hurdles, right through to javelins and shotputs, helping to give young athletes the head start they need to excel in life.”
Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said this investment will improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians living in the Parkes electorate.
“We have ensured that the priorities and needs of Indigenous communities have been at the centre of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion IAS,” Minister Scullion said.
“Importantly, 60% of the organisations we are funding are Indigenous organisations, compared to only 30% at the start of the IAS. We are committed to this because we know Indigenous organisations are best placed to deliver these services and are more likely to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
“Through the IAS, we are investing in local projects across our priority areas of school attendance and education, employment and business development and community safety.”
Jason Chatfield, Director of X-Cellerate Athletics Coaching, was pleased to receive the grant.
“This funding will make an enormous difference to my business. Until now, I have had limited athletics equipment; and thanks to this funding, we can improve the lives of more young athletes in the region,” Mr Chatfield said.
“I appreciate the hard work of our Federal Member, Mark Coulton, in delivering this assistance on behalf of the Federal Government.”
Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with Minister for Sport, Senator Bridget McKenzie meeting with young athletes at Barden Park in Dubbo.