The ACT Government has awarded a total of more than $1.5 million to seven applicants for the tier 2 funding round of the Diversification and Sustainability Support Fund (DSSF).
The DSSF helps Canberra’s community clubs implement initiatives that reduce reliance on gambling revenue and build a more sustainable and secure future.
The funds encourage clubs to explore innovative ways to diversify their revenue streams to support community connection.
Funds for upgrades and improvements will include:
- $250,000 for Canberra Services Club to renovate and upgrade its conference facilities
- $233,000 for Harmonie German Club Canberra to purchase equipment for outdoor catering
- $225,000 to help Canberra Southern Cross Club convert a gas-fuelled kitchen to electrical at its Tuggeranong venue
- $225,000 to help Ainslie Football and Social Club redevelop its land surrounding Alan Ray Oval
- $200,000 for the Hellenic Club of Canberra’s planning and design assessment for its multipurpose arena
- $200,000 for Canberra Tradesmen’s Union Club to refurbish its restaurant
- $184,000 to help Canberra Labor Club instal new solar panels.
Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Gaming and leader of the ACT Greens believes that “Diversifying club income sources is in everyone’s best interests as we focus on strengthening the positive role clubs play in our community.”
Matt Walshe CEO Canberra Southern Cross Club sees the DSSF as a positive initiative for his community club:
“The government funding will assist us to provide a 100 per cent electric kitchen as part of our venue refurbishment and dining precinct upgrade.
“The club has a strategic stance of being a leader in environmentally sustainable practices and the refurbishment of our Tuggeranong venue will enable us to continue our diversification plans.
“The larger, new layout of our bistro and introduction of the indoor and outdoor spaces will enable the club to increase its offering and services to the community.”