WA trails share $1 million in grants
Recreation trails across Western Australia have been supported with $1million in Lotterywest grants.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said 14 community and local government organisations secured grants as part of the annual Trails Grant Round provided by Lotterywest, in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation.
The program offers grants from $25,000 up to $100,000 to support the planning, construction, upgrade and promotion of various types of trails including walking, cycling, horseriding and paddling routes.
Mr Waldron said the grants were a vital source of support for trails which provided health and cultural benefits to West Australians.
"Our State's trails are a key part of community access to sport, recreation and adventure," he said.
"We know that physical activity in a natural environment contributes to mental and physical wellbeing. Our trails offer this opportunity to a diverse range of users who also get to enjoy and appreciate our State's uniquely beautiful landscape."
Lotterywest chairman John Atkins, acknowledged the important consultative role of the Department of Sport and Recreation and the panel of experts it convened to assess the grant applications. Mr Atkins encouraged West Australians to make good use of the trails network at http://www.trailswa.com.au.
For every dollar West Australians spend on Lotterywest games, 33 cents is returned to benefit the community.
Last financial year Lotterywest raised $271.3million to support WA's public hospitals, arts and sporting organisations, Perth Festival, ScreenWest and more than 1,000 different community and charitable organisations.
For more information on trails grants visit http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants/grant-types/trails or http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/trailsfunding
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