The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) welcomes today’s significant funding pledge from the Victorian Labor Government.
As part of today’s announcement, a re-elected Labor government confirmed it would inject significant funding into motor sport programs and facility upgrades. The election promise also includes a $300,000 grant for CAMS’ industry leading Dare To Be Different (D2BD) program encouraging women’s participation in motor sport at all levels.
In addition to the funding for Dare To Be Different, a further $300,000 has been committed to CAMS' junior driver development program, Ricciardo's Racers, which enjoyed a hugely successful 2018.
Grassroots motor sport clubs will also be big winners, able to apply for $500,000 grants from a newly established $5 million Motor Sports Upgrades and Equipment Fund. There will also be $2.4 million in grants available to support local motor sport clubs across Victoria, allowing clubs to run bigger and better events.
CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca said today’s announcement was an exciting prospect for motor sport in Victoria.
“Motor sport is a significant contributor to the Victorian economy and we are absolutely delighted by Labor’s funding pledge, which will ensure grassroots motor sport can continue to thrive," Arocca said.
"Whilst Victoria is the undisputed major events capital, supporting grassroots sport is fundamental to that reputation and we are very grateful for this significant announcement.
“Clubs and facility owners will also be encouraged to apply for funding grants to provide safety upgrades, as well as improvements to facilities and amenities allowing for improved events and tracks.
“As part of this funding announcement, the Dare To Be Different program has also been handed a significant boost with a $300,000 grant allowing us to further strengthen the program’s footprint.
“Dare To Be Different has already proven to be quite a success in its first year in Australia and this commitment will ensure that more and more young girls understand the opportunities that motor sport can provide for women, whether as competitors, mechanics, engineers or in the media.”
The Victorian state election will be held on 24 November.
Published: 2 November, 2018