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Applications Unsuccessful

Council Confirms Sporting Applications Unsuccessful

Councils around the state have been denied sporting club funding through the Sports Australia grants, with Sports Australia demanding answers from the Federal Government.

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A leaked document shows then-Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie office's rating of each council's application and the funds denied, with applications colour- coded as to their electorate.

A number of councils, although rating highly, were denied funding and councils who rated lower receiving funding. Allegedly, an auditor general report found a bias towards marginal seats.

Despite Sports Australia's rating threshold set at 74 out of 100 to be receivable of funding, the Colac Otway Shire rated at 95, however were denied $500,000 and the next-door Corangamite Shire rated at 86.5 and were denied $127,574.

Colac Otway Shire Council CEO Peter Brown stated funding had been applied for for the Central and Western Reserves.

"While Colac Otway Shire Council is not privy to the Sport Australia score sheet, Council can confirm it applied for funding for both Colac Central Reserve netball court and lighting upgrade and Western Reserve (Colac) oval redevelopment. Both applications were unsuccessful with Sport Australia, but have received funding through other grant opportunities."

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