Media Release

11 July 2018

O’Brien: Daniel Andrews’ loans, with interest, for grassroots sports clubs not so generous

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Daniel Andrews’ loans, with interest, for grassroots sports clubs not so generous

Daniel Andrews just doesn’t get community sport and the work that countless volunteers put into supporting their clubs.

Why else would he be offering loans, with interest, to grassroots sports clubs, while handing the country’s wealthiest sporting organisation $225 million to renovate Etihad Stadium as well as prime land in Melbourne’s CBD – for free?

Announcing its loans policy, Labor has said it will save communities “significant money”.

But Labor’s got it all wrong with its $225 million free kick to the AFL, while forcing community clubs to go begging, cap in hand, for a loan – with interest.

Labor claims it’s supporting community sport, but the State Budget papers show just $60 million allocated for 2018/19 and nothing in future years.

It’s clear Labor has no plan to support grassroots sports clubs.

Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Sport, Danny O’Brien:

“Labor has its priorities all wrong with its decision to gift the AFL piles of taxpayer cash, while forcing community clubs to beg for a loan, with interest.

In Parliament recently, Daniel Andrews’ Sports Minister tried to claim it was what community clubs wanted, but then couldn’t name a single grassroots club that had asked for a loan, instead of a grant.

The Liberal Nationals will support grassroots sport and direct any money we can from the Etihad deal to our community clubs.”