JARRYD MCGUANE THE ADVOCATE Basketball Tasmania chief executive Chris McCoy is thankful that some organisational financial stress has been eased by assistance from the state government.
Seven sporting organisations have received assistance in the first wave of grants through the state’s support package for the recreational and sport sector to protect jobs put at risk because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Basketball Tasmania and Netball Tasmania have joined Football Tasmania in receiving $150,000 each in grant money, which will support 44 jobs.
Surf Life Saving Tasmania received $114,000 to cover six staff and Swimming Tasmania has been given $98,198 to support four staff members.
Motorcycling Tasmania and Triathlon Tasmania will also receive support.
McCoy said the funding would allow the organisation to be ready to go once restrictions are eased with staff not needing to be replaced.
“We were really keen to keep our excellent staffing team together and the government support allows us to do that.”
Sports Minister Jane Howlett said more sporting organisations would receive government funding in the “coming days”.
“It is a difficult time for sports with no activity and no income, so the government support is very much appreciated to assist in covering fixed costs,” he said.
“Sport is a big industry and there is a lot turnover in staffing costs and income coming in, but it has ground to a halt.