Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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Sport and recreation facilities in Traralgon West and Mallacoota are set to benefit from more than $700,000 in upgrades funded in the Rudd Government's recent budget.PDF printable version of Rudd Government Funds Gippsland Sport and Recreation Upgrades (PDF 22 KB)
Visiting the region today with Labor candidate Darren McCubbin, the Federal Minister for Sport, Kate Ellis, said the Government was contributing $160,000 towards the Traralgon West Sports Complex and $550,000 towards the Mallacoota Pathways.
"The Rudd Government is honouring its election commitments to develop and upgrade local infrastructure to encourage greater participation in grassroots community sport and recreation activities," Ms Ellis said.
The Mallacoota Pathway will link the Karbeethong area with the Mallacoota village. It will include boardwalk sections and parallel the western edge of the 'Bottom Lake'.
The redevelopment of the Traralgon West Sports Complex will include:
- extension of the complex, including new public toilets;
- upgrade of the ovals, including irrigation, re-alignment of fields, surface upgrade, coaches boxes, score boards and lighting, seating and shelter;
- establishment of BBQ and picnic areas; and
- construction of fences and barriers to block inappropriate vehicle access and define playing fields.
Funding for the Traralgon West Sports Complex will be provided in 2008-09. Funding for the Mallacoota Pathways will be provided over two years beginning in 2008-09.
"I congratulate the local communities here in Gippsland on their strong advocacy for these projects. Darren McCubbin has certainly been a strong voice in ensuring the Government knows just how important Federal sports funding is to Gippsland families," Ms Ellis said.
"Investment in community sport and recreation is an investment in the health and wellbeing of the nation."
"We are delivering improved facilities and opportunities for local sports that will encourage more Australians to participate in sport and active recreation."